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Ken Edwards – Down with Beauty | Review

Title: Down with Beauty

Author: Ken Edwards

Type: Fiction/Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 240

Rating: 7/10

 

Ken Edwards - Down with Beauty

Ken Edwards – Down with Beauty

 

Ken Edwards is an interesting figure, the former editor of Reality Studios magazine and the co-founder and father figure of Reality Street, an independent poetry press based in the seaside town of Hastings. He’s also an accomplished poet and writer in his own right, with a unique voice and idiosyncratic style that marks both Ken and the press apart from their contemporaries.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Down with Beauty can be a little hard on the brain – it’s poetry that makes you concentrate, not some wishy-washy nonsense written by an old woman who spends too much time with her cats and not enough time with a pint of Stella at the local pub. For me, at least, that’s a good thing.

 

Ken Edwards

Ken Edwards

 

Down with Beauty isn’t for everyone, but it is a good read if you’re a reader of contemporary poetry. Plus, it comes with the full text of Nostalgia for Unknown Cities, one of his previous works – you’re effectively getting two books for the price of one. You’d also be helping to support a small independent press at a time of economic uncertainty – how good would you feel?

Seriously though, if you’re not a poetry reader then you’re not going to enjoy this, because it might push you out of your comfort zone. Prepare for an eye opener.

 

Hastings

Hastings

 

Click here to buy Down with Beauty.

 

 
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