'Los Alamos Mon Amour' by Simon Barraclough (2008)

Los Alamos Mon Amour - Simon Barraclough

Simon Barraclough, Los Alamos Mon Amour (London: Salt Publishing, 2010), 67pp


Simon Barraclough shows a good grasp of the poet's craft with this fluent and interesting debut collection. However, none of the poems really stood out, with 'Fitting' and 'The Hands' coming closest. It seems like Barraclough is trying to make each and every poem tick all the boxes - funny, wry, moving, emotional and hopeful - rather than let each one grow unimpeded, making them somewhat indistinct from one another.