REVIEW by Paul Cooper

NWR Issue 103

Red Eye

by Iain Sinclair

Red Eye is a previously unpublished poetry typescript from 1973 that has been resurrected by independent publishers Test Centre. Described as an act of ‘accidental archaeology’, the book offers a fascinating glimpse into the feverish and incandescent world of 1970s Hackney. Test Centre have done a great job of presenting the work, and the poetry is set beside stills from the surrealist diary films Sinclair was shooting around the time. The finished product forms a snapshot of one of our most interesting writers at a remarkable intersection in his career, and hints at the maturity to come in his writing even when it doesn’t always achieve it...

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