Symbolic landscapes and settings are to the fore in Adrian Blamires’ second collection, in poems that explore myth and memory. Whether the subject is love, war or poetry itself, the pangs of conscience and desire are felt throughout. The poet draws upon a range of forms and traditions, from sonnet to narrative ballad, from pastoral to satirical. The versatility is striking, but what unifies the collection is a sense of measured intensity, an unfailing wit, verve and musicality.
Adrian Blamires. Paperback, 210 x 135 mm, 64 pages, July 2010.