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Review: The Caprices, by James Byrne

These poems make up a series of strangely courageous encounters between James Byrne and each one of Goya's Capricio etchings. Byrne allows something like a process of osmosis to take place between the visual and the verbal forms and between the parallel darkness, violence and unreason that pervades our modern times and the darkness, violence and unreason that surrounded Goya during the final years of the eighteenth century.