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Is This Really Me?: Poems from the First Decade of the 21st Century
Is This Really Me?: Poems from the First Decade of the 21st Century
by Liz Cruse
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Archangels and Familiar Spirits, 3 Jan. 2011
These poems evoke the mythical symbolism underlying our lives. There are dreams and visions, domestic interiors and landscapes; all considered with minute care for their secret meanings. The countryside transforms under the reader's eyes into the mystical land of Albion or the enchanted tapestries of the Lady of the Unicorn; the occasional urban setting provokes reflections on the imaginal poverty of our lives, which this book seeks to redress.

Liz Cruse has a perceptive eye for the small details of nature, a sensitivity to place, season and weather - and a compassionate understanding of the vagaries of the human heart. All of these inform the poems. There is too a spirituality expressed throughout the book which includes sensuality and is founded on an almost pantheistic appreciation of the natural world.

Overall, these poems describe a personal and deeply private quest which paradoxically is not just the poet's own but can be felt and responded to by every reader who appreciates the beauty of the world, ourselves and what we can create.


How the World is Made: The Story of Creation According to Sacred Geometry
How the World is Made: The Story of Creation According to Sacred Geometry
by John Michell
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy of enchantment, 17 Nov. 2010
This book is proof of Keats' phrase: 'Beauty is truth; truth beauty.' It speaks to the intuition as well as the intellect, and invites contemplation as well as reading. A final, supreme gift from a great man.


The Complete Butterworth Songbook
The Complete Butterworth Songbook
Price: £11.89

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich treat!, 28 April 2010
This CD came as a revelation to me, as up till now I'd known only the famous Butterworth orchestral pieces such as Banks of Green Willow. The songs range from settings of poems to folk songs - Butterworth was part of the great 20th century revival of folk music. There's Housman, of course, but also William Henley (new to me), RL Stevenson and Oscar Wilde (a poignant elegy for his younger sister). There's also an early song so that you can get an idea of how fast Butterworth developed before his appallingly early death in the trenches of WW1. The settings vary widely, from simpler robust or melancholy ones for the folk songs to more complex for the poems, carrying subtler emotions. Mark Stone's sensitive but powerful singing perfectly conveys the variety of tone and Stephen Barlow's accompaniment is highly evocative even when the music is at its most minimal. Of course the tragedy of Butterworth's death adds an extra poignancy to these songs, but they are wonderful in any case. The CD strikes me as a labour of love, planned minutely and carried out to virtual perfection. Not only is the music beautiful, but the design is delightful and the generous sleeve notes well-written, informative and entertaining. Henley as the inspiration for Long John Silver! That's amusing to think of when listening to the romantic subtleties of his poems. The CD also contains what must be a precious bonus - a film clip of Butterworth Morris dancing. That would be uncanny to see after listening to this glorious music, but sadly my ancient computer can't play it. Still, it seems almost miraculous that it exists at all.
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