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ELEANOR LIVINGSTONE: THE LAST KING OF FIFE
HappenStance
21 Hatton Green
Glenrothes
Fife
KY7 4SD
UK
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

	         blue
RESTORE 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 down
In 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.