A review of the Candlestick Press publication Ten Poems about Home.

I cannot think of a more poignant poem to start this pamphlet than the one selected by its editor Manendra Solanki- The Lake Isle of Innisfree. WB Yeats writes so perfectly of his longing to be back in that place. His observation of it is acute and immensely moving. He is homesick for the peace and tranquility of the lake isle and imagines what he will do with his days when he is away from the drab and noisy city.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;

His dream of home is so clear and so heart-felt.

Crossings by Linda Hogan stirs empathy for the primeval longing for home at the heart of creation and the ability to see life in changing and changed forms and the ways live things are sometimes lost and need to return home to that place of crossings, back to water.

How delicately put is

where one ocean dissolves inside the other in a black and holy love;

We see clearly the

….foetal whale
on a block of shining ice.
and the
…spilled cup of a child…
…He’d barely lost
the trace of gill slits..
…already he was a member of the clan of crossings.

The poems in this little book are immensely varied, looking at the idea of ‘Home’ from many different perspectives- joyous,sardonic, dream-like, visionary, filled with beauty, factual,and simply sad. I have enjoyed it, and will again.

Sara Cheesman, April 2017.

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