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4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry for All?, 8 July 2011
This review is from: Gemini Four (Paperback)
Because I am neither a poet nor a good writer let alone a critic I cannot do justice to this delightful accessible, educational, insightful, eclectic collection. I read a few poems at random. Some I could not understand but liked the sound of. (Luckily I can read where no-one can hear me muttering!) Then I read the very extensive introductory essays. Each poet had been asked to write on "what 40 to 50 years of poetry have meant to him/her, and where he/she has reached." This was really fascinating, especially a comment that it was not unusual that one loves the sound of a poem despite not understanding it. And some on artistic forms: poetry to music, music to poetry. The story of how and where the Four first met, their long absences from each other, their reunions - it was as good as a short novel. So back to reading the poems, which are set out not chronologically nor by author but thematically.

Starting with "40 Years On" by Eleanor Nesbitt:

"Nothing is still the way it used to be.
Take gardens: wheelbarrows and watering cans
Have different shapes; metal has given way
To plastic. Wheelie bins...
...
Lovers' farewells, the deathly chill
Of sudden loss - the pain of knowing nothing
Is still the way it used to be."

To her "Time's Up!"
"Time's up! Stop writing now...."

Via Rowan Williams's "Bach for the Cello"
"By mathematics we shall come to heaven.
This page the door of god's academy..."

Ian Florance's epic 6-page "Clinical notes" on Larkin's "Aubade".

I liked Jane Hitchot's "The Sting in the Tale"
Behold the busy little bee
Who served her hive most studiously
Is cast out now, and quite alone
Metamorph'd into a drone.
A fable of redundancy
And happening, alas, to me"

Altogether an excellent buy, an ideal present for young and old, egg-head and rude mechanic. And the proceeds go to a kids' charity. What more could one ask?
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