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MICHAEL BANGERTER: DANCING BEARS
K. T. Publications
16 Fane Close
Stamford
Lincolnshire
PE9 1HG
UK
CD
6
Available direct from the author at Botriphnie Stables, Drummuir, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 5JE, UK

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MICHAEL BANGERTER: DANCING BEARS

This is a very nicely produced CD of poetry. The arrangement is that of a rather genteel recital. There is a basic consistency in the sound levels, without it being allowed to drag into monotony. The general tone is conversational but with dramatic overtones as befits the voice of a poet who has a background in theatre. The incidental music which comes between blocks of poems gives a change of pace, rather than intruding as it would if it occured between indvidual poems. The music consists of short pleasant piano pieces composed and played by Bangerter himself.

The CD opens rather apologetically with a poem questioning the very use of poetry. My favourite poems were OLD SINS in which he tells us

	what pulls you together
	pulls you apart
and CAGED where the role of the artist's model is seen from both sides of the easel. COSSACK has drama but it is shortlived and stops short. There is some humour and excitement when the poet in Spain treads on a rusty nail. Warning of things to come THE MAN WITH THE BANNER is a poem possessing admirable dry, wry wit.

Not all the poems give everything on a first hearing, so there are rewards that come with subsequent playings. Certainly this is better than many of the CDs of poetry by a single author that I've heard in recent years.

reviewer: Gerald England.