Backstage in Paradise — Robin Lindsay Wilson

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Robin Lindsay Wilson's is a distinctive style — the hallmark short lines that turn with dexterity into a single, often unpunctuated, sentence running through a whole poem. He pushes this style hard in this third collection, finding an assured and beguiling voice. Shrewd and sharp-sighted, this intelligent writing offers alternative perspectives throughout these wry, layered poems. Always inventive, Backstage in Paradise is another highly accomplished collection.


crooked blasts of light
were stapled helplessly
to the corridor wall

the torturer blinked
loosened his top button
broke into a whistle

undid his Topshop tie
draped it over his shoulder

and on his way to lunch
through the swing doors
recognised a merciful God

lighting his long stride
to the Chef's Special

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