Shadow Dispatches

Atkin, Polly (2013) Shadow Dispatches. Seren, Bridgend. ISBN 9781781720776

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These atmospheric and keenly observational poems offer us a slant perspective on everyday things and events: the ugliness of an elderly mute swan; or a group of migraine sufferers forming a fellowship and holding regular meetings. Poems addressing the complexity of contemporary relationships sit alongside those riffing on traditional themes, even – in the case of 'Hermes Enodios' and 'Potnia Theron' – revisiting classical gods. These are poems embedded in particular landscapes, in which the real becomes surreal and vice versa. Together they form a poetry which is deeply involved with the natural world – concerned with deer in fields and jays in woods – but which is not in any way removed, encompassing email, photo-shop, and fighter jets.


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