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David Solway : Comments by Writers and Critics


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"In Solway's new book, where nearly every poem catches you off-guard with its originality, the collection itself proves to be the last ambush. Chess Pieces has not only stretched the received precincts of chess--endowing the game's idiom with an expressive potency it was never expected to have--but has also endowed poetry with an ampler metaphoric territory to roam. What more can we ask of our poets?"
                     —Carmine Starnino [Chess Pieces], Books in Canada


"Like Duchamp who gave up art for chess, Solway sees the ever-shifting contingencies of the chessboard as a poetic performance. The mind dancing over the board, the interactive pieces, the emerging patterns of the game, the tensions between opposing forces provide a framework for Solway's investigations… This collection… revels in erudite wit, refined allusions and complex syntax that modestly recognizes its own artifice, its own potential displacement by alternate pursuits of squash, sailing or the brokerage."
                     —Karl Jirgens [Chess Pieces], Books in Review



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