Top positive review
A Wonderful Book
on 1 October 2011
I have an affinity with Paul Farley's work as, like me, he went through art college, and his poetry is very visual. He is also four years younger than me, and many of his poems share frames of reference with my generation. In my opinion, this debut collection contains a number of Paul's best poems: Laws of Gravity, Electricity, Treacle, Monopoly, to name just a few. 'Laws of Gravity' deserves an essay of its own, and it is a truly beautiful piece of work. A homage to his father who was a window cleaner. A poem that conveys love and respect, and shows exactly how we still look for our loved ones after they have gone.
He also delights in the sound of words, the poem 'Treacle' illustrates this nicely. And that poem shows his talent as a poet, in his ability to take us from a simple tin of treacle to: history, the empire, bygone times. His writing style in this book, from full iambic meter to free verse (underpinned with iambic meter) is rewarding to read; and his language is rich and imaginative. His sense of audience and the reader is refreshing and well considered. If you enjoy reading poetry, you will find yourself dipping into this book time and time again.