Sunday, 28 February 2016
Becoming a Tree Poems 2007 - 2015
It is an interesting and eminently readable collection of poems from a poet who is clearly a deep and very perceptive person.
There are poems that are terrifying, others that are uplifting, some that are amusing, whilst there are some that are wacky and just a little bit off the wall.
Pathos, hope, glory, love, joy, fear, horror, humorous: To quote a saying of several years ago it can be truly said of the collected works of James Graham that: "All Human Life is Here."
Becoming a Tree, for example, takes as the genesis of the poem a quotation from Walt Whitman: "There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he look'd upon, that object he became."
To become a squirrel and to become a tree... what a glorious thing that would be.
The poems are well though through and perfectly executed and perfectly realised.
I can heartily recommend this collection of poems.
It is published by Matador at a very reasonable £8.99 and is available from the That's Books and Entertainment online bookshop, along with Clairvoyance: Selected Poems 1990-2007 by James Graham, and hundreds of other books and DVDs of poetry.