I read the following yesterday. I wish to share this with my blogger friends. I am cross-posting this from my Reading Room blog.
Title: A Climb Through Altered Landscapes
Author: Ian Parks
Publisher: Blackwater Press/1998
I got this book from Ms Alex of Daemonwolf Books. As I write poetry, I am always happy to receive poetry books.
Ian Parks' poetry touches many realms. The concrete as well the abstract. In the same poem you can find many layers. On a first read, most of his poems can be taken as love poems but not so. Those also make us glimpse nature, the seasonal changes. His love poems are in no way mushy but for me those are steeped in spirituality. I also see endless possibilities. He is one earnest poet. His writing reactivates the mind in multi-directions.
Quoting from his poems:
.......I'd left the wardrobe open:
in a queue behind the door
the stiffened shapes of our former lives
were waiting for the thaw......
~~~A Dream of Snow, page 11
Leaving wasn't easy
nor is this: the climb through altered landscapes,
different trees to find
each other as we really are.
~~~The Ridge, page 19
Afloat on a sea
of my own dreams, I was content
to let the pages fall while Sonny Boy was blowing
sweet and low. I woke
to a sunburst splintering
the trees: a rush of light.
~~~Hammock, page 17
Along with sense of loss, there is hope, beauty in that, regret and yet no regret. At places I found acceptance of that loss, after love was gone. Yet when it was there, nothing compared with that emotion.
For poetry lovers, readers as well as writers, Ian Parks' poetry is worth checking out. I am very glad I requested this particular book from all that she was offering to give away.
If interested, do check this interview with Ian Parks.