SKY WRI TEI NGS - Nasser Hussain

Written entirely in three letter airport codes this collection is an interesting linguistic challenge. However, the cleverness of the exercise waned quickly for me. I felt it would have been better suited to a small handful of poems as part of a greater whole rather than an entire collection - it quickly felt gimmicky. Also, due to the constraints of the form, Hussain was not able to play with other aspects of language with any real freedom. There's no real emotion or impact in here for me, just cleverness. And cleverness isn't really what I value most in a good poem.