Earlyworks Press is off to a good start with their first anthology an intriguing title, and some excellent and varied poems from such well-known names as Roger Elkin.
Phil Fox for instance, serves up a sensuous dish About Tarts whilst Duncan Frasers speciality is the wry humour of High Rising Terminal. More poignant notes are struck by Sally Richards in Institutional, Angela Rigby, describing Last Rites and Jane Moretons evocative Coach Journey: Half-Light.
Carole Baldock, Editor of Orbis.
An interesting mix of very good poetry. The Routemaster might be decommissioned, but its proven an unexpected source of inspiration for just one poem in a compilation that ranges from the reassuringly familiar to the cosmic in scope. Not a single bland, run-of-the-mill poem in the mix.
DJ Tyrer, Atlantean Publishing
Including 33 poems by 21 poets, the anthology is headed by
Madonna Della Febbre by Nigel Humphreys
Madonna Della Febbre
St Peter's Basilica
Her face was serene beyond time,
the utmost limits of genetic sculpture,
a miracle that shapeless drapes
could assume such earthy beauty,
yet there she stood, sharing grief
as a condition of redemption,
standing back from the crowds
her eyes transpierced by the Pieta
as if herself sculpted in marble.
She looked on the dead Christ asleep,
watched the blood dry
in the veins of his limp arm,
listened for soft breaths
her eyes salved in beatitude,
and absolute beauty its consequence.
Death would have struck unnoticed
in that symbiosis of flesh and stone.
The sublimeness of her awe
in a glaze of perpetual spirit
beyond my experience
drew me unwilling,
made me one part
of an exalted triptych of fixation.
But for them there was no fear;
their certitude hewn from the quarries of Carrara,
postured in the magnanimity
of an extended hand.
© Nigel Humphreys
Routemasters & Mushrooms ISBN 978-0-9553429-05 Pub. Earlyworks Press
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