Pollard’s seventh book of poetry confirms him as a major and unique voice in British poetry. Here are Keatsian odes, poems on music, on mortality and more personal thoughts all rounded off with series of longer poems on subjects philosophical, biblical, personal and simply strange. Michael Davidson writes of ‘language as participant in thought’ and this might be taken as a motto for Pollard’s work. It is the words that count and intermingle with the profundity of thought from which they spring. The language is economical and perfectly paced to draw the reader into the poet’s elegaic and profoundly felt world.
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