I recently reviewed Rabbit, by Sophie Robinson, for Review 31.
In the review, I write about affected verse, a genre of contemporary poetry:
Affected verse… collides big feelings with hyper-awareness of artifice—two categories which appear antithetical at first glance. We want to have a genuine response to the seemingly-real feelings on display, but we know they are formally mediated. The real of affect is pitted against the affectedness of poetry and its conventions. They form a ‘shitty picture’, the position and authenticity of whose affective elements are always in question.