In this coherent collection of poems, Rennie Parker engages again and again with landscape, rural scenes and the natural world. Yet while she acknowledges a debt to some early twentieth-century English poets about whom she has written, her approach to similar subjects and themes is substantially different and distinctly modern. Concerned with change and multiplicity, her dark pastorals probe edgily beneath the surface, both literally and metaphorically, whether she is writing about love or the mystery of human interaction with the external world.
THE WOODEN TOWERResinous planks in the sharp triangular light
Sawdust and powder. Rusted imperfect nails.
Three floors down the gravestones wait,
Build on themselves as though the soul
Could not bear so much love alone.
Dried or in season the greenwood turns.
Secret Villages costs £6.00 and has ISBN 1-873226-43-8 It was published in 2000.
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