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4.0 out of 5 stars A stimulating and varied collection, 28 Sept. 2001
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This review is from: Stargrazer (Paperback)
The particular strength of this collection of poems by a single author is its breadth. Robert Hull treats us to close observations of the natural world, stories from a wide range of traditions (including riddles and jokes), views on modern life and science, reflections on the passing of time and even the odd history lesson. You'll find a variety of forms here, too, and images that you'll never forget: a grass snake described as 'a lisp underfoot'; starving children with 'arms as thin as a whisper', and a gull: 'the seaside's shrill town-crier'.
There are not many illustrations in the book, but they support the poems well. I liked the trout and its shadow very much and wished that the publisher had been a little more ambitious in the presentation of these poems. After all, it's the sort of book you'll return and return to.
Buy it: you'll love it! Then, like me, you'll know that the Emperor Nero, 'one of history's nastier little mysteries', was not only 'unmuscular' but also 'pustular' and committed suicide at 32!
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