REVIEW by Vicky MacKenzie

NWR Issue 107

Playing House

by Katherine Stansfield

Is it me or are there an awful lot of cocky young ’uns daringly invading the stodgy old world of poetry with their youth culture and edgy tales of city living? Like a breath of fresh Hackney air, their ‘ironic’ celebrity references and casual mentions of London tube stations proclaim their radicalness: they’re here to overthrow the boring old farts who still insist on writing poems about oystercatchers and the myth kitty, as though Oyster cards and Miss Kitty had never been invented.

Katherine Stansfield is young (in poetry years) and makes references to contemporary culture (celebrities and London tube stations included), yet, somehow, smug hipster she ain’t. And forms of life other than our own relentlessly self-conscious sort are welcomed into her poems...

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