• WHAT OTHERS SAY

    on Modern Love

    Suzi Feay

    The Independent on Sunday

     

    The elfin Wallis has an unusual day job for a poet: when I caught up with him, he had just got back from a modelling assignment in Paris. He's also unusual in his choice of inspiration: the Victorian poet George Meredith who also penned a poem sequence called Modern Love. (Also something of a model, Meredith posed for the famous Pre-Raphaelite painting The Death of Chatterton.)

     

     

    "I already had the idea for the book, and the title," says Wallis."And I was reading pretty much anything I could find on love poetry for inspiration. I stumbled upon George and it fit so perfectly. There are so many links, because his narrative also is about shipwrecked love and doomed love. He was one of the first psychological poets."

     

    Other contemporary influences include Jacob Sam-La Rose and Carol Ann Duffy: "Rapture [a Duffy collection charting a love affair] also had a massive impact. My writing brain is split between poetry and prose: I want to write poems that link together, then people can read the book as if it's a novel."

    Popshot Magazine

     

    "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

     

    "Modern Love presents love absent of all its Hollywood romanticism. It's visceral, liminal, alcoholic and all the more romantic for it. Disturbingly sublime."