Tuesday, 23 December 2014

yellow & blue reviewed

"Each poem indicates a place, perhaps amounting to one place through the whole book, perhaps a new place with each poem, perhaps a place only a few inches away from the previous place, or several miles. Items of vocabulary point to Scotland (skerry, lochan, bolabhal etc.) and to wild countryside - then not wild but not metropolitan either. The place is given in a detail, often but not necessarily a natural detail, and from this true thing the writing progresses through the poem or a bunch of them, towards a different kind of truth.  A truth of detail leads to a truth of thought."

- Peter Riley, PN Review No 217