CARDINAL COX: TIR NA NOGHAM
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|CARDINAL COX: TIR NA NOGHAM|
Latest instalment of Atlantean's excellent series of single-poet mini-collections in which a single sheet of A4 is folded in three to make a mini-booklet. Here I must declare an interest as my own OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK was #14 in the series.
Ogham was the ancient Irish runic alphabet, Tir-Nan-Og the Celtic Land of the Young, a place beyond space and time — which is just right for the man who is the poet-in-residence at The Broadway Cemetery, Peterborough!
Cardinal Cox is well-known in genre poetry circles, and this collection is a welcome addition for aficionados of his work. THE PIPES OF PAN sums up a lot of it:
Strange sounds welcome stars Eyes alive inside every shadowThere's a whole clutch of horror films encapsulated in the three lines of NO RELIABLE INFORMATION AT PRESENT and a cosmic breadth hinted at in LOST PAST/FORGOTTEN FUTURE:
radio-telescope whispers tree fallen — empty woodIn the dark fantasy and gothic poems of this collection he comes over as a 21st century Walter de la Mare, as in NOT HAUNTED:
There's a shadow on the curtain Where no tree casts its shape There's a creaking in the passage Where no foot drops its weightIf you've not discovered The Bards series up to now, you're missing a real treat, and at such a bargain price, they're within everybody's reach.
|reviewer: John Francis Haines.|