Night Porter by Matt Bryden
Templar Poetry (paperback), 2010
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
Night Porter was one of the winning submissions in the 2010 Templar Pamphlet and Collection Awards and was launched with a live reading at the fourth Derwent Poetry Festival. It is a short collection which explores the experiences of a night porter working in a Hotel in York, and introduces readers to a range of characters and scenarios – both modern and Dickensian.
A new face at half past six.
I was manning reception
When he came through the doors.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I’ve never read this poet before. I also got this free when I subscribed to iOTA magazine.
Night Porter is an enjoyable collection of poetry. This collection reads more like one quite long poem split into little sub-sections. The poems were intriguing, touching and intense at times. I liked the way the poet explores the rather seedy, slightly dark façade behind the scenes of a hotel. I also liked the way the poet used language and how the poems flowed. My favourite poems are Breakfast, Christmas, A Tight Ship, CCTV and A Man Walks Into A Bar.
I’d like to read some more of this poet and recommend this collection.