If poetry can be like a box of chocolates, these are rich truffles to be savoured slowly.
Poetry is often written to touch the reader's heart, but there are poems in this collection that grab altogether different parts of the anatomy. And don't let go. I should include a warning that it also contains physical terms that may offend people of a delicate nature. But to omit those would be to miss the wonderful "Blaenafon Blue" (Forward Prize for Poetry, 2006) and the tender "Prayer for an Unborn Child" among others.
Unflinchingly honest, Williams looks back over difficult relationships, loves and more fragments of history than most people see in a lifetime, let alone a single volume of poetry.
In turns touching, poignant and visceral. This is a book that will linger in the corners of your mind long after you thought you'd stored it safely away on the bookshelf.
Michael Arnold Williams' THE ACOLYTES, is simultaneously macro and microscopic in the breath of its narration. The work transgresses the divide between art and science,[as the cover illustration suggests],exploring life "from egg to cadaver".This austere perception suggests Williams is never far from the Chapel,although the quotes from Grey's Anatomy remind me, through the phrase: "glinting minerals,like a schist, crushed on a mountain path" [PETER'S LINES] that Williams' immense emotional response overwhelms all objectivity.The compelling honesty of this work can and does sweep me away.