n New Coin Poetry - pushing from the riverbank: poems by Alan Finlay : review

Volume 48, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0028-4459



The poems in move in a space of being where all attempts to hold on to something resist us. "." Returning from holiday, the lawn is overgrown, the cat lost, the neighbour encroaches on the border, the three-year old fights off the dangers of the world, the beloved suffers, the roles demanded of us seem larger than ourselves. "". There is desolation and amazement in that. There is no match between what life offers and what we need, the poet says - "". Yet, he seems to tell us, we continue shaping, trying to interpret what surrounds us.

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