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D J TYRER: THE BARDS #7
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D J TYRER: THE BARDS #7

David-John Tyrer is the editor of this series of booklets that is designed to showcase the work of individual poets.

The pamphlet collects some of his published and unpublished work inspired by THE WAR ON TERROR. The booklet contains eleven short poems entitled TO END ALL WARS, TERROR THEN THE CALM, MARTYR, CONQUERED, THE MADNESS OF A VICIOUS CIRCLE, CHANGE THE RECORD, PERSPECTIVES, DISASTER, TRIUMPH OF EVIL, TABLOID NEWS and ORPHAN CHILD.

Ambitious, outrageous, formal in overall structure, often wild and argumentative, the poems talk about a person's physical and ethical place in the world, of truth and opinion.

The poems assault, carp, question, and define. They worry the essential questions of how to live in relation to social disintegration, war and terrorism. They are not well-behaved and will not go away quietly. They are personal, all-embracing and thought-provoking. They require your attention.

Of the eleven poems, ORPHAN CHILD is the most directly challenging. The cumulative images of

	a Child of God
	setting off to wage a war
are disturbing and demand the reader's attention. Everyone is examined, no one escapes in this attempt to illuminate the source of the unethical and shameful situation the world finds itself in. It's powerful, abrasive and gritty.

The poem PERSPECTIVES directly considers the question of country and identity in its strong rhyming lines. DISASTER is a meditation on the dead, injured and homeless, as Tyrer takes the reader beyond the tabloid headlines. TERROR THEN THE CALM takes us to the confrontation, terror and slaughter that occurred at Beslan in 2004:

	Worst news any parent could hear
	As a storm of terror descends
	First day high hopes dashed by staccato burst
	Media frenzy, armed cordon, despair
	Terror gives way to numbing calm, grief
These are anti-war poems with a strong message for our time. They talk about imperialism cultural and otherwise, war and the nature of truth. These eleven poems make up a powerful collection.

reviewer: Patricia Prime.