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'this is no longer entertainment' reviewed in Poetry Ireland Review

Issue 130 of Poetry Ireland Review (April 2020) carries a review of this is no longer entertainment. Written by David Toms, the review piece is titled 'Feeding The Engines' and in it my book is considered along with books by Matt Kirkham and Natasha Cuddington.

Toms opens with a paragraph on Shoshana Zuboff's groundbreaking work The Age of Surveillance Capitalism and in particular on her use of the term 'behaviour surplus', identified as 21st century capitalism's driving force and the internet's central product - which serves as an introduction to his discussion of my book. Writing about this is no longer entertainment he argues that "the title itself is a stark warning, as strong as Zuboff's core argument" and calls the book "a sustained and at times terrifying glimpse of the world as it now exists". Later he writes: "We talk about the online and offline, although the line between one and the other - as Zuboff's work demonstrates - is thin to vanishing now. Makris' poems reinforce this"; and "Makris has taken our behavioural surplus and fed it back to us as art, and it is terrifying."

My thanks to David Toms for his richly considered reading of the book.

Poetry Ireland Review is published three times a year, and the current editor is Colette Bryce. Issue 130 is available directly from Poetry Ireland or selected stockists. Subscriptions are also available.

(I will add the full text of David Toms' review to the book's dedicated page on this website soon.)


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