REVIEW by Kym Martindale

NWR Issue 100

The Museum of Disappearing Sounds

by Zoë Skoulding

Several years ago, I presented a conference paper with what I thought was the satisfyingly witty title ‘Entitled to Mean’. Its thrust was the significance of titles – chiefly of poems. It is therefore important to me that Skoulding calls her new collection The Museum of Disappearing Sounds, but the poem that names the collection is called ‘The Museum for Disappearing Sounds’ (my emphasis). This is a difference which resonates throughout the collection, which is profoundly concerned with accent and nuance, the way in which a shift of tone or punctuation can bring about an eddy of change. These shifts, like currents of air or dust, seem small, but they are not...

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