Book Review: 27:02:19
THE LOVER'S PINCH
by Gareth Writer-Davies
Our reviewer finds a great economy in Gareth Writer-Davies' first poetry collection: The Lover's Pinch.
I recommend this little book as a guide to new poets. Writer-Davies has learned the economy of language. There is not a wasted word and every line counts, and there are some great lines in this book. Writer-Davies has an eccentric poetic voice that puts him in line with writers such as Ivor Cutler and Sexton Ming.
In 'Portrait of a Lady and Her Dog' we read: she/ looks out of the portrait/ also to the side/ the painter/ knew where love lay/ that art/ cleaves to money like a flea.
Also there is some eccentric humour that comes at you from left field. Seen here in one particularly dry (almost Leonard Cohen-like) poem,
'Thanks for the Advice':
I did what you said
a look in the mirror
random acts of kindness
senseless declarations of beauty
for the advice
I am now too good for you.
Gareth Writer-Davies - The Lover's Pinch
Arenig. May 2018.
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