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By Jonathan Bennett

As finished as Jonathan Bennett is at utilizing language, he is by no means fussy or valuable approximately it. along with his exacting, modern voice, half vibrant reporter, half reluctant witness, his strains achieve their impact by way of serving adventure within the most crucial means attainable, through transparent - eyed recognition and brilliant diction. the result's an immediacy frequently missing in different poetry. Civil and Civic's nimble narratives will crackle on your ear.''
- David O'Meara, writer of Noble fuel, Penny Black
The poems of Jonathan Bennett's moment assortment, Civil and Civic, explore for current meanings of civility and civic mindedness, look for barriers among inner most and public geographical regions, and query the sprawling and infrequently negative effects of transparency and legal responsibility. drugs, the army, technology, public relatives, social justice, media, enterprise, and the environmental move are only a few of the worlds those poems inhabit.
Not with no spirit of play, in Civil and Civic Bennett emerges as a disquieting curator, giving the reader poetry that's correct, humane, political, investigative, and outward having a look. but, during which, he provides voice to personal moments, remoted or suppressed incidents, and to the satisfied injuries that could take place inside language while irreconcilable spheres of effect meet and open up new meanings, rules, wish even.

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