The Scale of Change is the latest collection of poetry by Newcastle-based poet Desmond Graham. Its opening sequence, ‘Class’, moves its focus from the proto-communist ‘Diggers’ of Surrey, through Bewick’s radical Tyneside, and on to a wet St George’s Day in Dover – offering a ‘condition of England’ poem for our times, as light and readable as it is ambitious in scope. The book’s second half, ‘Rembrandt’s Last Pupil’, quietly reveals an aesthetic that proves to be no less political and contemporary. Together the two sections provide the scale on which this collection subtly and poignantly measures change.
'A wide-ranging and accomplished book...with a very fine point and a capacity for empathy which brings the reader so close to the subject that it seems as if we are thinking the poems ourselves' Peter Bennet, Other Poetry
“Graham has a way of finding... fugitive rays of light.’” – Nicholas Murray.
The Scale of Change costs £9.00 and was published in April 2011.
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