ANDREW DUNCAN: SAVAGE SURVIVALS
Shearsman Books 58 Velwell Road
ISBN 978 1 905700 03 5
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|ANDREW DUNCAN: SAVAGE SURVIVALS|
This is a brave poetry book, a bit like an octopus, with imagination stretching out tentacles in all directions. Films, politics, planes and Essex are just a few of the topics. It is Andrew Duncan's eighth collection and it is brimming with echoes of poets, people and experience. There is even a poem called BOB COB BING BONG, inspired by the work of Bob Cobbing. A large sequence, called WEAPONS FORM WITH MUSIC, relates to THE WATER MARGIN, a 13th century Chinese novel, and section 3 is reproduced in full:
Wet petals clinging to a pomegranate. Sung Chiang applies a tab of LSD under each eyelid left and right and sticks a martial arts video on — Five elements Ninja. Indeed, we are not in the city said the Daylight Rat.The note at the top of the poem tells us Pai Shung and Sung Chiang train a corps of slit gong players. From China you can jump to Britain, with a poem called ON THE PLANTING OF A NEW NATIONAL FOREST IN STAFFORDSHIRE AND LEICESTERSHIRE:
Gleams in the glass of furnace slag eloquence inked in the rich soot of clinker topsoil seared with a torpid blade of toxic metals lash of chimney plumes laden with particles black rains dropping their high-temperature loads with a sigh.Andrew Duncan presents evocative atmospheres and vivid images. They are built up gradually until they almost topple over. They stand like higgledy-piggledy towers to be visited.
|reviewer: Doreen King.|