Books From the Authors

We start publishing reviews of books from authors published in Ariadne's Thread with Everything Must Go from Rosie Garland and we intend to expand this section as we are approached by other Ariadne's Thread authors willing to have their books reviewed.

Write me a few of your lines - Chris Hardy

Keats, in an often quoted line said “A thing of beauty is a joy forever/ Its loveliness increases”. I feel this is very true of some poems – not that this is an especially rare feeling to have. Perhaps the biggest and still justified praise I could give to Chirs Hardy is that it is true of many of his poems. One of the perks of being a reviewer is that you get a free volume of the literature that you are reviewing. My middle aged self has now read most of the poems many times. I look forward to many poems improving and expanding when I pick up the volume in my old age. I am not saying that Hardy is an undiscovered Yeats or Eliot. Such people are of course extremely rare. Here though is someone none the less who is excellent at crafting words and beautifully observing themselves and the life around them. Louise Macneice in his famous snow poem talked about the “drunkenness of things being various”. Hardy, although familiar themes crop up in his work teaches us instead about the sobriety of things being various. There is something very spiritual and calm about his attention to detail in most of the poems. Once I had kicked out my green eyed monster I was able to enjoy this sobriety like an ice cool grapefruit juice on a Summers day.

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Too Young To Forget - Philip Burton

Philip Burton’s collection is full of gems. His voice, while completely individual is a very English one, speaking  a common sense colloquial language that is nevertheless  both magical and dream like, touched both with history and experience.

The range of mood and subject matter within the collection is broad, ranging from the casual wit of  Ode To Sheep to the beautifully layered and resonant title poem. In the compass of a short review it might be useful to consider just these two poems alone, ,but as representative of the whole rather than as notable highlights.

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There is violence in these vapours – Graham Buchan

It is fitting that Buchan starts his collection which a work called “The poet I like”. This poet “stews in his study” and “sharpens words like little knives”. Does Graham Buchan like himself then? He is a poet who likes himself enough to be worth paying attention to.

Writing can be sharp in many ways. Some of the poems in this book are very serious. Despite this the poet does not see comedy as the poor second cousin of tragedy. He knows they are equal and knows they are very close. 

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Rosie Garland – Everything Must Go

Rosie Garland’s book achieves something remarkable. It takes you through her journey of cancer, but without a moment of discomfort in the reading.  

In the last poem, Dignity, she lists a series of checkpoints along the way, from ‘Going bald’ to
‘Remaining polite
when people cross the room
in case you talk to them about it.’

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