July 24, 2010 Leave a comment
Chris McCabe is a contemporary British poet who has published two excellent collections from Salt, “The Hutton Inquiry” and “Zeppelins.” I first read Chris’s work when I was editor of Lamport Court Magazine, and he knew my co-editors. He became one of regular contributors, and his poetry was clearly both new and exciting. Some of those poems we published including “A Taste of Verdigris” found their way into “The Hutton Report”. As that title makes clear, Chris’s work is unusual in contemporary poetry in being explicitly political, though his methods, which are more abstract, stop any didactical writing. Reading Chris is like being flung into the inner-workings of the “machine” that is 20th century Britain, and hearing the language that sparks between the cogs. A great supporter of small presses and other poets through his work for the Poetry Library, he continues to publish offline and online, and was included in Roddy Lumsden’s recent “Identity Parade”. Lamport Court published a number of writers who have since gone on to be published elsewhere and I like to think the magazine provided an outlet for interesting work, when there weren’t that many around.