Memphis Barker

Stone Agonistes

The Professor of Poetry


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Rather threadbare as a love story, Grace McCleen’s swelling second novel takes literature as its passion: how to make it, how to read it, how to feel it in your bones. Barely a page goes by without a dab of Milton or T S Eliot. This is in itself no bad thing – great novels have been written about writing – but here a syrupy love of words, shared by narrator and author, ends up smothering what promise The Professor of Poetry initially offers.

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