Praise and Poems
Immigrant (fox-skin cap/embroidered cloak) scholiast (Susan Howe). A cloak of rags and patches showing a lost text by glimpses. Recurring segments of spine around which lines whirl without fastening. A moth’s wing pattern through which the lost and beloved object is recovered. A sheer glow on which signal multiplies like bacteria on fruit.
John Goodby’s remarkably sustained uncaged sea whips you up into a state where you want to ‘smother the sweet haggard in the glass’. What can one say of such a ‘tusked ramshackling’ work? All I could say after reading it was: ‘like dramatic sea I have been a ball of lakes.’ A prodigious unconscionable downright desperate poem!
John Hartley Williams
Dylan Thomas was always near the edge. The reworkings by John Goodby and Boiled String show just how close. This is Thomas thrust into the post-modern maelstrom, pulled by process, mashed by manipulation and riveted by rearrangement. Down here in the micro-memes that Goodby uncovers are some twenty-first century rockets set-off unknowingly by Wales’ best-known twentieth century master.