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Trevor Joyce: Syzygy

(Wild Honey Press, Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland, 1998, l5pp).

This is an astonishing book - a pair of poems, The Drift and The Net, with the latter being constructed from lines in the former, the whole thing a compositional tour-de-force. The author compares the structure to a canon by Machaut, but also explains the form as being an adaptation of the medieval cancrizans. Formally extraordinary, it is even more extraordinary that the whole thing works.