Poems of love and hate. Poems of religion and death, loss and grief. Poems to touch your soul....
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’Ssh is a new anthology of poems by John Eliot, with stunning line drawings by Anne Lamali’. It is a deeply personal collection spanning over 37 years. Some poems are painfully moving with unbearable sadness. For example in the terrifying reality of ‘The Widow’ Eliot builds an atmosphere of fear and tragedy. He uses ‘we’ that somehow conspires with the reader, making us feel part of the listening alongside the sleepless villagers. ‘And as we turn in our beds’ we too are listening to the widow as she paces the boards of the Chateau after her husband’s tragic death. He creates a silent vacuum as we wait for the inevitable outcome. ‘Outside the silence blackness before dawn’ He repeats words and uses simile to highlight the impact of Paul’s suicide: ‘like a piece of music that sticksAnd will never end’ This contrasts with the tenderness in his poem ’Christmas,’ the narrator turns to the warmth of his lover as he wakes up on a cold morning; here Eliot makes use of alliteration and assonance to soften the bedroom scene from the cold outside, and celebrates the ‘gift’ of love, with reference to both human and divine love. It is the sudden laughter in ‘After the Funeral’ that creates the scene of mourners in their stiff clothes, uncertain how to behave, and in that moment, the tension eases as friends and relatives relax and this causes Eliot to observe how quickly we forget.His descriptions of South West France, the contrast of bitter winters and hot summers are beautifully described in two poems. In ‘Sunday’ via the ‘log eyed companion’ as the snow is kept at bay , in ‘Poem One’ the ‘silence of the vine grow’ portrays a hot, sleepy afternoon with nothing much happening.These are poems that I want to read again and again. I keep thinking about the people, images, the sounds, the colours. They are musical, they touched my soul. If there is one poetry anthology to buy this year, this is it!
John Eliot's poetry is insightful and well-crafted with a keen sense of observation in 'Ssh his superb chapbook illustrated by the talented French artist Anne Lamali. Well done John. Looking forward to the next one.
Beautiful little book with wonderful poems.