‘Familiar Compound Spirit’: Review of Homage to John Forbes, edited by Ken Bolton
Here are the poets, out in force for someone they love—a member of the inner sanctum, the faction, their club. And someone they want to promote to the wider world, but only to a certain extent. If the wider world doesn't understand and pay homage, that's its loss. After all, this man who died young was both knowable and a mystery, full of 'awkward grace' and loneliness, even as he was loved and revered.
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