ELEANOR LIVINGSTONE: THE LAST KING OF FIFE
21 Hatton Green
ISBN 0 9550280 2 7
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|ELEANOR LIVINGSTONE: THE LAST KING OF FIFE|
Competent manipulation of the time theme, sometimes with a fade-out sequence, was noticed in a some of the 23 poems. THE LAST DANCE imagines a point in time at which the Sun decides to cease its gravitational attraction to the Earth, which shoots off orbit:
Earth would go birling on through Space, and on her greens and blues soft blurring to a distant hue green blue blue-green blue/green green blueRESTORE POINT is the film played backwards, or with intriguing time shifts every two minutes:
. . . Throw that bag of crisps back up onto its loop and free the coins that paid for it. Relieve that woman of her rucksack; drop it gently to the floor.Later
Every two minutes would do, the rucksack neither up nor downIn LAST CHANCE, Leven in Fife undergoes a time shift implicit in the historical space shift in its environs, invaded by the wild west and cowboys with coyotes calling on a TV channel (which seems an improvement over some current rubbish!)
. . . Music loud with drink spills out of each saloon while cash tills play a tune which sure ain't Bluegrass.A nice piece of fun. But for my gambling dollars I preferred the straight poem THE VISIT, which I give in full:
That day I found you tiny in the bedroom chair translucent skin as soft as moths' wings, lit up like a paper lantern. I brought you tight curled hyacinths cut lilac sweet to scent the room Three days later you were gone. Even the hyacinths outlasted you.This poem shows that Livingstone is capable of a fine poetic sensibility when her emotions are truly stirred.
|reviewer: Eric Ratcliffe.|