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Where the wind wills, Geoffrey Haresnape : book review

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



There are 40 poems in this sometimes whimsical, frequently elegiac, book. Haresnape has arranged the poems into 'five numbered sections' (I quote from his Preface), based on their 'subject matter and forms'. He feels that the only section in need of explanation is Section III, because the poems therein 'emanate from two named , Erasmus Eyeball ... [] the acerbic and pedantic Dr Severance Package' (p. viii). Both of these or heteronyms (in the Pessoan sense) are fine social satirists who add enjoyable doses of humour to the book. The other sections of the book, as does Gail Dendy's (2011), require the reader to determine the logic behind their partitioning.

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