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"A portal between the real and the possible": Under the Radar's take on For Real



'Wilkinson employs a direct approach [in For Real] in terms of trying to unravel or describe complex things. Don Paterson once said that poets have "a greater obligation to clarity the more complex the idea they're trying to communicate." Paterson's rationale can also be applied to Wilkinson's poems and in particular the pamphlet's final poem, 'The Door' ... The door itself is real, albeit "bricked up" as old windows and doors sometimes are, but the door also potentially serves as "a portal between worlds." We could say that this is the essence of much of Wilkinson's poetry: to serve as a "portal" between the real and the possible to create a sense of truth.'


The rest of the review, in which Maria Taylor assesses four smith|doorstop pamphlets, can be read in the current issue of Under the Radar. For Real is available through this website, or on Amazon.


 

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About the Author

Welcome to the website of the English poet and critic, Ben Wilkinson.
Ben was born in Staffordshire and now lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He received his first degree from the University of Sheffield, and holds an MA and PhD from Sheffield Hallam University. He has won numerous awards for his poetry, including the Poetry Business Competition and a 2014 Northern Writers' Award
His debut full collection of poems, Way More Than Luck, appeared from Seren Books in February 2018.
He is a keen distance runner, lifelong Liverpool Football Club fan, and among other things he works as poetry critic for The Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. You can find many of his reviews on this site.
To contact Ben about readings, workshops, or for any other enquiries, you can drop him a line at benwilko(at sign)gmail.com. Unfortunately, I am not able to consider unsolicited requests from authors for book reviews.

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