The reader is left with strong images, of love, death, nature, relationships, poignant reminiscences from journeys.
I returned several times to the drama of 'Far Above Rubies.' In the scene a woman looks from a window over the ramparts of a castle, is then blindfolded by her husband and led to the window of another room. A few facets: '... he put his hand in the small of her back ...' such a gentle gesture, followed by ... 'he pulled the cloth hard from her head ... shocking her ... she watched the body move this way, that way ... listened to the rope creak ...' The woman's response (I won't give it away) renders her husband's revenge futile.
Many moments to cherish, like the delightful and tender evocations of the poet's relationship with his granddaughter. 'It's a chancy universe, little one!' And the line in 'A Jar of Sticklebacks, a memory of the poet's own grandpa '... imagine me holding up to the light, unbroken, a jar with all your wishes, all your hopes.' The reader partakes of the blessing.
About the Author
David Selzer was born in London in 1942 but has lived in Chester for most of his life. He began writing poems when he was 14. His collection, ’Elsewhere’, edited by Harry Chambers and published by E.J. Morten in 1973, was one of the first in the Peterloo Poets Series. He is an Eric Gregory Award and Felicia Hemans Prize winner. After some thirty years in education, as a teacher and adviser, mostly for Cheshire County Council, David has since 2001 written four screenplays and two stage plays. One of the latter, ‘Hear the Drums’, earned him a prize in the 2009 Sussex Playwrights Club full length play competition. Among other projects, David is currently working on a novella and continues to write poetry on a regular basis.