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Rufo Quintavalle launches Weather Derivatives

Rufo Quintavalle launches Weather Derivatives

Review by Kate Noakes. Photos by JFMcG.

‘…today the huge idea of money stopped…’ If you like to bet on the weather, then last Wednesday at Le Bal would have been the place as friend, Rufo Quintavalle launched his new collection from London based  Eyewear Publishing. Reading with Rufo were Joe Ross, from his wonderfully animated new collection, and Ian Monk from his questioning French poems, La.

Weather Derivatives is Rufo’s first full collection. He has previously published chap books with Oystercatcher Press and corrupt press, and mighty fine it is too. He luxuriates in words and in their placing. At least half the poems are interestingly all over the page, which rightly challenges readers to reconsider form and conformist lineation. I am particularly fond of the provocatively titled ‘You and whose army’ and I always enjoy Rufo’s carefully measured use of repetition in poems such as ‘Because the night’ (with its nod to Patti Smith) and ‘by the sea.’ French translations of the poems were by Jeremy Robert. Bravo all round. Buy it for yourself and enjoy, many times over.

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