[Happenstance:] – Duncan MacKay


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ISBN 978-1-912616-07-7 | Poetry | B Format (UK), Paperback, 84pp

What happens happens, whether it’s the political madness of 2016 when most of these poems were written, or the way the words fall (or fail to fall) on to the page. If anything, [Happenstance:] is a journal; if anything else, it’s a random mix of action and reflection.

As Charles Bernstein puts it: “the poem said in any other way is not the poem.” So it is with [Happenstance:] in which, in the words of ‘Sit Crooked Think Straight’: “writing follows its own bloodied nose.”

“Having read that situation
having taken due counsel
this singular subjective first
personal pronoun is ready.” (from ‘Nuts & Bolts’)

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