Monday, 29 August 2016
The Compass Dances
It covers the years 1955 to 2015.
Michael Pickering began writing poems when he was seven years of age, although this anthology of his poems starts from when he was roughly 20 and carries on until he was 80.
The subject range is breathtaking covering people, places, ideas, modes of thinking, dreams, realities, legends both modern and ancient.
There are also poems in the style of others (look out for the rather charming tribute to Hilaire Belloc) on page 266, for example.
Mr Pickering has kindly and thoughtfully provided some footnotes and pronunciation guide notes for several of his poems.
He has used a wide variety of poetic styles throughout this anthology including some styles not much used in modern times and also some poems that are of a more experimental nature.
This is a fascinating and interesting work.
The book is published by Matador at £10.99 and is available from That's Books.