REVIEW by Joâo Morais

NWR Issue 103

Mistaken for Art or Rubbish (Has Doubts, Vol 1)

by Alexander Velky

The spine of Alexander Velky’s first collection of poetry boldly states that ‘Alexander Velky Has Doubts’, and I must say, he isn’t the only one. You see, in the press release issued through Doubtist Books, Velky challenges both the contemporary art and poetry scenes as being devoid of any substance. Apparently, these art forms are stuck in a rut, with nothing at all to say to the world. Oh, and Mistaken for Art or Rubbish ‘will help change that’. Strong words indeed. To clarify, I give you the man in his own words, on poetry:

Be they literary introverts of insolvent periodicals and poorly attended art-centre readings, or the spoken-word exhibitionists who never quite nailed singing or rapping, most UK poets offer little encouragement for the future of the art form....

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