Elegant and enjoyable 'slim volume' of verse,
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I came to this collection via Mr Eyres' 2013 book 'Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet' (which I also thoroughly recommend). And, armed with that prior knowledge, I do detect something of the Horatian style to the poems here: that is to say relaxed and humane sentiments, expressed in an elegant but readily understandable way.
That said, if pressed to find parallels, I'd also say there's something of the 'Larkinesque' to this book (i.e. Philip Larkin 1922-1985) - which I intend as high praise indeed. The similarity lies in that Mr Eyres' verses concern the preservation of events, memories and emotions, and that they are comprehensible on first reading but then also repay re-reading, offering additional meaning and depth with each visit. In other words, high matters expressed in plain (but precise) language. Another similarity is the unforced but profound feeling of Englishness in the verses.
Comparisons aside though, Mr Eyres is 'his own man' in terms of subject matter and style and it is a matter of regret that there haven't been other collections subsequent to this 2001 book. I hope that there are others out there awaiting release, prompted by the commercial success of 'Horace and Me', and, if so, I shall certainly be buying them. Meanwhile this 'slim volume' is unreservedly recommended to all poetry lovers