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And so — in tune with the collaboration of review with review, myself as real-time reviewer in collaboration, as ever, with the book being reviewed, one poet (Mark Valentine) in collaboration with several other poets, and each of the other poets in synchronous collaboration with each other — this particular real-time review will now be continued and concluded HERE.

I like the word ‘version’ used by Mark Valentine in the context of the STAR KITES second half. I suppose a real-time review like this one, and that of Mann’s ‘The Magic Mountain’ simultaneously being conducted (musically?), are personal ‘versions’ of each book, ‘dissectioned’ and constructed as a reading experience, as a book-hologram that is unauthorised (literally!) and at arm’s-length, as a fiction-poetic extrapolation, as a personal dream-catcher of each work in question…

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