JAMES WOOD: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
21 Hatton Green
ISBN 0 9550280 9 4
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|JAMES WOOD: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING|
This is a pleasing pamphlet from HappenStance — A5, stapled and well-edited.
James Wood tackles a range of subjects relating to relationships and the business of getting through the day; with BLACK PEARL diving into the quest for utopia:
The moon is a pocket torch in mist by the time you reach the seabed: all around you are oyster shells, huge, gaping traps that emerge from pillows of sand. Rush to slice them open: the shells cradle pearlsThe poem VIEW FROM A ROAD tackles vision/perception:
people who came at you like thieves are friendly pedestrians: psychopathic motorists change to happy commuters, and the shop on the corner remains a corner shop. But crossing from one side to another brings no relief —and the title poem THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING also tackles vision/perception:
The candle sharpens to a flame. On the table the detritus of a dinner (orange zests, rinds of cheese, half-drunk glasses) lies scattered. Faces merge into a symphony, voices clatter in defence of causes, and it seems these things could connect in harmony, coalesce,This is a well-produced first pamphlet of verse, which looks at the business of living.
|reviewer: Doreen King.|