A dark collection of modern poetry taking snapshots of modern life and its underbelly. Take a peek at the couple failing to communicate over a cup of tea. Look on at the lost of innocence or the aftermath of a death. And pause awhile considering the cycle or life. Or just simply take a moment to enjoy the unsettling silence.
Born in Northern Ireland, transplanted to Somerset and now lives in London. He divides his time between work, family, two elusive cats, an empty fish bowl and procrastination. Screaming In The Vacuum Jar is (finally) his first collection of poetry.
on March 8, 2013 :
"...what appears to be a good book of poems. They were all well constructed, the tone and rhythm of each seemed suited to the subject and different to each other, not something all poets achieve. The only thing that links them is as advertised by your description, the darker side of life.
Not light reading, but real and true to life. The two that I identified with the most were Tape and Midnight’s Kiss. Tape, because you see that taped off scene locally or on the TV news, but often don’t relate to the life of those most impacted by what has happened there. Midnight’s Kiss because I have been there, not for the very last breath, but in those days just before my father’s death."
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 24, 2012 :
A heavy mix of subjects covered here. I agree with the other reviewer, it is certainly not light comic verse. However, if you like your poetry a bit more gritty and realistic then this might be for you. A poetry book about to dip in and out of rather than to be consumed in one sitting.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Nov. 19, 2012 :
This is no poetry book for the 'Pam Ayres' hearted!
The writer takes us to deep places inside his soul and heart;
with a little bit of tea and politics thrown in for good measure.
There's some lovely use of carefully chosen words.
To be read on your most thoughtful of days, but overall;
a thought provoking and well structured collection.
Nick Gerrard Author of Travelling for the hell of it!