The title-sequence of David Harsent's new collection of poems, Legion, offers a report from an unnamed war, in which various images of conflict accrue without cohering, as if the reader is locked inside the crisis together with the protagonists.
In a series of momentary and abruptly discontinuous images, laconic despatches from a war-zone, a fictional testimony begins to take shape - an array of different voices giving witness to war and the consequences of war.
In its formal mastery of the poetic sequence, Legion is a distinguished successor to David Harsent's previous collection, Marriage.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 18/08/2005
- Category: Literary studies: poetry & poets
- ISBN: 9780571228096
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Review by headisdead
Best contemporary poetry I have read.