on 5 December 2011
I turned to this after reading and enjoying both A Scattering and The Song of Lunch. It is not quite 'more of the same'. Rather the collection is drawn from 8 different collections of verse, some of which seem to have a degree of internal coherence, but which are, taken together, quite varied. For me, this really started to interest me with the excerpts from the third collection, which purport to be translations from the work of an East European poet, and are (a) quite credible and (b) quite simple in approach by comparison with the earlier work. From that point on, I very much enjoyed what was to come...and would recommend it to others.
on 7 January 2015
First off, I should say that I do like Christopher Reid’s poetry style. It is very English – dryly humorous, intelligent, thought-provoking and precise. This is a fairly brief selection of his poetry, but most of the better known verse is included, though nothing from the 2009 long poem A Song of Lunch, which is perhaps understandable.
Some of his metaphors and ways at looking at ordinary things and events in society are wonderfully original and resonate with artistic truth. But he is also a poet that moves – selections from his poems to his wife, who died in a hospice after suffering from cancer, are saturated with grief and all that bereavement horribly brings with it. It is focussed on dying and death without the reader feeling that he or she is intruding on something private.