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Kobus Moolman Reviews Romancing the Dead by Gary Cummiskey

Romancing the DeadVerdict: carrot

With the appetite of a new razor blade, Gary Cummiskey’s latest collection Romancing the Dead (Tearoom Books, Durban), slices through pretence and politeness. It is tough writing. It is uncomfortable. In your face. Tough and uncomfortable and in your face the way Lesego Rampolokeng is, or Cormac McCarthy, in his early novels – Child of God and Outer Dark.

But unlike these two authors, Cummiskey’s eye and ear are far too world-wise (and weary) to take themselves very seriously. He knows that it is through ‘sleeping on a razorblade’ that he has acquired his poetic sensibility, but also admits that he likes his ‘reality stirred with milk and honey’.

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