||A Review of: Rue du Regard
by Andrew Steinmetz
the church, Swift observes that "candles/Light the pale faced
members of the choir", and "stiff-necked listeners crouch
forward/In low pews, Anglican or just off-the-street". Swift
captures Cripplegate wonderfully. He remarks how Palestrina's
medieval Matins Responsary captures "the post-war mood".
And then: "How venal, then, to notice all the time-worn
suits,/The dresses past their fashion. Decrepitude cradles us".
It is that last phrase-"Decrepitude cradles us."-that
makes Swift worth listening to.