Nikolai Duffy, Stride
“From the opening Tuyman’s Sonnets, which depict the cultural detritus of recent history as evidence of the severed real, to the sly, deft, minimalist lyrics of the book’s second half – The Method is a tour de force which shows Rob Stanton to be a poet to watch.”
“The world and its words collide in Rob Stanton’s The Method, forming a ‘gesture arrested in bloom’ that moves beyond the ekphrastic (you’ll find Vermeer and Luc Tuymans ghosting in the margins) by giving the lyric a swift sonic kick to the shins.”
“Through translation, through omission, through compression and the minimalist precision of ‘canny wee things,’ Rob Stanton creates a marvelous texture of voices and references which offers us a glimpse of the just-barely-thereness of a world thought into being by language. At the centre of the book is a vital sequence of sonnets, written in response to Luc Tuymans’ paintings, that pushes the boundaries of the sonnet form. As Rilke comes in and out of view as muse and phantom, The Method shows that, while 'completeness' might not need our 'witness,' we, however, nearly wither under its impenetrable gaze.”
Rob Stanton was born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham in 1977, raised in the West Midlands and educated in Cardiff (BA) and Leeds (MA, PhD). He currently lives and teaches in Savannah, Georgia. His poems and critical writings have appeared in Canadian Literature, Dusie, Eoagh, Fascicle, First Offense, Great Works, Octopus, The Rialto, Jacket and Salt. In 2005 he was shortlisted for the Eric Gregory Award. The Method is his debut collection of poetry.