5 Star Review for McKimm’s new collection

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Michael McKimm’s Because we could not dance at the wedding has been reviewed by Andrew Hordle on Goodreads.

“Offers many pleasures for the reader […] McKimm’s work focuses on what is “secure”. No, not safe: rather those qualities that endure and stabilize the mind within a relationship or within the world.

Certainly, McKimm knows his poetical roots […] But the real delight in McKimm’s poetry is how he is not predictable and breaks new ground. He is acutely aware of language and how to bring a poem alive with a sharp phrase.

This book offers a real variety of poetical forms. And what is really noticeable is how McKimm is prepared to write the long poem, the poem that goes where it wants to go. […] in “What the River Carries”, McKimm demonstrates two qualities that bind this volume together: his eye for perception and ear for music.

At last, a poetry book worth re-reading!”

Read the full review here.