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on 17 December 2009
This is an excellent book of poems that is insightful and enjoyable.

This book of poems covers themes of nature, sensation and illness with lucidity and luminosity. This book is a profound meditation on these themes, threads of which are found scattered through this collection. There are many outstanding poems which shine like stars in this book and which reward careful reading.

But any review cannot stop here. A question must be asked about how the collection stands together as a whole. Is there any central principle behind the individual points of beauty? I believe it is God. Not all the poems are directly about God, but a lot are written in reference to God or his creation. It recalls something of Genesis 32 in which Jacob wrestles with God. So here is a wrestling with God in the form of the written word - in the context of illness - a fight which, ultimately, turns into an embrace.

Mention must be made of my favourite poem in this collection: 'Sleep pod', which is an evocative and engaging piece about going to sleep. Which also stands in counterpoint to the later poem 'Night-time' providing an interesting contrast.

This book of poems comes highly recommended.
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