Title: Down with Beauty
Author: Ken Edwards
Page Count/Review Word Count: 240
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.
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.