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Stuart Buck is an award-winning poet living in North Wales. After spending a decade as a chef, he began writing Haiku and Tanka and after moderate success decided to branch out in to longer-form, freestyle poetry. His first collection, Casually Discussing the Infinite, was described as 'a visceral experience...of poetic sucker-punches' and broke in to the top 100 on Amazon ...more
Paperback, 29 pages
Published February 2019 by Selcouth Station Press
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Life is sensual and luminescent in these poems, but the poet is also aware that it cannot last. The boundaries of the known world bend in a fearsome way.
"we sit there in silence until
the sirens begin to buzz like cicadas in the
distance and the blue pulse washes over me
like a knife blade or a terrible dream"
- "trictophilia"
I do like strange things; however, poems about cannibalism and oral sex toe my weird line, so not all of these were pleasing to me. But look at this amazement:
"oh how i would l
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, vivid, honest collection.
Paul Mullen
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stuart Buck is an anomaly. I've never read anything quite like his poetry. His imagination is a universe, and his perspectives hover somewhere between eccentric, genius, and just plain weird. The melting pot is something quite extraordinary, and it's difficult to find comparisons to enable me to categorise him.

'become something frail' is visionary in many senses. It is also enlightening, visceral, at times even stomach churning. This is a writer unafraid to shock:

"my first real kiss was with a m
Ian Brunner
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
become something frail is full of wonderful imagery. Sometimes it feels like looking at the sunset from an abandoned building. There is something very beautiful about all of the images the author paints tinged with the knowledge that everything, even the unpleasant things, will end. However, I will say that some of the poems are ones that a reader might have to be in the right mood for (but aren't all poems like that?) It's worth reading, worth thinking about, and in the end it just might change ...more
Logan Roberts
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This small collection packs a big punch. The end is dark, raw, even uncomfortable at times in the last few poems. However, in the end there seems to be a thin bead of light in the closing stanza which ends with “keep yourself warm”. The lack of punctuation to me means this warmth keeps going, it is something to nurture and cherish despite the terrible things that have happened.

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Kyla Houbolt
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These beautiful, sexy, startling poems will delight, challenge, and finally, move you deeply. Do take advantage of the opportunity to read Stuart's work. His writing is unique, fresh, and the book itself is quite lovely. You won't regret this purchase or this read! ...more
P.J. Benney
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't know much but I know it's good. ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant poetry collection that engages the reader on themes of desire, lust, and destruction.

Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a beauty! Well crafted and moving. I felt the raw emotion and I enjoyed the rich imagery of cooking which ran throughout.
Alan Good
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of poems, but I read these. I don't feel competent to review a book of poetry other than to say "It's good." You should get your hands on a copy if you can because it's cool and good and you'll be glad to have it around. ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of Stuart Bucks’s become something frail for review purposes. As always, this review reflects only my honest thoughts on the book.*

The thing that stands out most in these poems (and through pretty much every bit of Stuart’s work I’ve had the chance to read) is his remarkable use of imagery. In addition to being a poet, Stu is also a brilliant visual artist; this absolutely shines through in his writing. He has an uncanny ability to describe something perfectly, yet do so in a
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