REVIEW by Kym MartindaleNWR Issue 100
The Museum of Disappearing Sounds
by Zoë Skoulding
Several years ago, I presented a conference paper with what I thought was the satisfyingly witty title ‘Entitled to Mean’. Its thrust was the significance of titles – chiefly of poems. It is therefore important to me that Skoulding calls her new collection The Museum of Disappearing Sounds
, but the poem that names the collection is called ‘The Museum for
Disappearing Sounds’ (my emphasis). This is a difference which resonates throughout the collection, which is profoundly concerned with accent and nuance, the way in which a shift of tone or punctuation can bring about an eddy of change. These shifts, like currents of air or dust, seem small, but they are not...
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