On Modern Love, published with Flipped Eye 2011: Modern Love - originally the title of George Meredith's 1862 book of 16-line sonnets, thenceforth known as Meredithian sonnets - looks to trace the year-long course of a passion as echoed through contemporary manners and languages such as texting and Facebook. The subject may, of course, equally be filed under desire, need, obsession, ecstasy, insecurity and fear, but then these are the chapters of the discourse of love. Inventive and intense at best, the discourse here has an urgency that refuses to settle. George Szirtes Modern Love presents love absent of all its Hollywood romanticism. It's visceral, liminal, alcoholic and all the more romantic for it. Disturbingly sublime. Popshot Magazine Max Wallis shows that modern love is the same as love ever was. The heart beats in the same way, the silences, kisses and stillnesses shared by lovers are as they ever were, ever will be. Helen Ivory – The Breakfast Machine – Bloodaxe Max Wallis' Modern Love is a year long cycle of youthful love and its twists and turns. He mixes everyday images with tight observation and flashes of beautiful observation as metaphors of entanglement. Hope brightens, then drops its hand as the cycle moves into the gentle melancholy of loss and not knowing. John Siddique - Full Blood – Salt Max Wallis is inventive, playful and moving by turns, and unflinchingly honest in his writing. Language is both a toy and a knife to him. Modern Love takes the reader through a love affair and does so beautifully, tellingly and adventurously. There is so much here to identify with and to praise. Angela Topping – The New Generation/I Sing of Bricks – Salt A beautiful chap on chapbook. There is no predictive text here from Max Wallis. Tony Walsh Absolutely breathtaking. Jo Bell Unspeakably beautiful. Rachel McGladdery, winner of the John Lennon Poetry Competition 2010 Has the corner on love poetry. Dorothy Fryd – Canterbury Poet Of The Year 2009 'Intricacy, delicacy, sensitivity and porn are just some of the people who populate the ever intriguing writings of Max Wallis. Here we have a risk-taker whose imagination is as able as his talent. One of the most exciting young poets in quite some time.' Gerry Potter (a.k.a. Chloe Poems) 'Rather brilliant.' Pam Leeson 'Best young poet of the year ... magical.' Dominic Berry, Queer Vegan Poet 'Truthful, tearful, sexy and ambitious - Max Wallis' is a powerful voice full of Northern pride and passion.' Jo Bell, director of National Poetry Day. 'Max Wallis is taking the word by storm.' Tony Walsh 'Best thing to come out of Chorley since the A6.' Paul Neads, Flapjack Press 'Vivid, exciting, insightful and slinky.' Jackie Hagan
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Is this Modern Love? (10/09/2011)
Modern Love by Max Wallis (21/02/2011)
'When A Thief Kisses You, Count Your Teeth' (09/09/2010)
Homo World (09/06/2010)
Modern Love #1 - Texting (02/06/2010)
Blog link: https://www.writeoutloud.net/blogs/maxwallis
For Hope (13/04/2010)
For When the Wind Sighs + Audio (10/04/2010)
For Dicks (30/03/2010)
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