REVIEW by Steven Lovatt

NWR Issue 101

Red Devon

by Hilary Menos

In the spring number of this magazine (NWR 99), Jasmine Donahaye criticised Gillian Clarke’s recent poetry collection Ice, charging Clarke with inaccuracy for presenting a sanitised account of rural life, without ‘silage or slurry’. Donahaye ought to be delighted by Red Devon, which is snarled in baler twine, interlarded with blood and tractor fuel, knee-high in thistles and positively slick with slurry.

Between 2004 and 2011, Hilary Menos, with her husband and sons, ran an organic farm in Devon. The majority of these poems are ‘about’ farming, but Red Devon is no pastoral...

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