PHYS­I­CAL

Pride Life Magazine - - LITERATURE -

AN­DREW MCMIL­LAN Jonathan Cape £ 10 – Poetry Short­listed for the 2015 For­ward Prize for Best First Col­lec­tion and longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award, An­drew McMil­lan’s vi­tal and pas­sion­ate de­but col­lec­tion, de­scribed as hymns to the male body, male friend­ship and male love, has cer­tainly made an im­pact. Th­ese po­ems are prone with yearn­ing and course with vis­ceral beauty, blood-pump­ing de­sire and the ten­der vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties that linger be­neath the flesh. They are med­i­ta­tions on mas­culin­ity, its strengths and con­tra­dic­tions. The po­ems in Phys­i­cal are odes to in­ti­macy, tes­ta­ments to the eu­pho­ria of be­ing close when it feels so right, threaded to­gether with an oc­ca­sional lin­ger­ing sad­ness. Here in th­ese pages, along with the stun­ning im­agery, in­no­va­tion of form and the poised breath­ing rhythm, there is a sen­si­tiv­ity and hon­esty about gay love, long­ing and loss that is pow­er­ful, re­veal­ing and very beau­ti­ful.

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