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Local Honey

Robert Saxton

Local Honey by Robert Saxton
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ISBN: 978 1 903039 90 8
Categories: 21st Century
Imprint: OxfordPoets
Published: August 2007
216 x 135 x 7 mm
83 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, Paperback
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  • The nightlight's off, the landing's dark.
        Outside I hear the werewolves bark.
    I'm a castaway in a fool's lagoon.
            I'm camping on the moon
                              from 'Camping on the Moon'
    A dazzlingly various collection, Local Honey juggles its opposites with panache - heart and intellect, melancholy and zest, derangement and perspicacity. Beginning with early stirrings of logical thought in a Palaeolithic cave, the collection ranges through times, places and viewpoints before homing close in the last poems to recent family predicaments that are personal in their particulars, universal in their resonance. En route, four sections of sonnets and sestinas, blues and ballad rhythms transport us through themes and places: mind and love and nonsense - the moon - Greece, Italy, Morocco, Iceland, the haunted Elysian forest of memory. The book is animated by a rich cast of characters: shepherds and beekeepers, a Sufi flute-player, a reprobate fireman, a passionate devotee of ortolan buntings, an admiral who composes piano music at sea.

    Restless in its craftsmanship, responsive in its moods, with gracenotes of wit and meaningful play, Local Honey delights with the music of words, insights and ideas.

    A Starfish on the Lawn
    Black Holes
    Bishop’s Rock
    Paradise Lost
    The Fair Maid of Kent
    Why I Never Write on My Hand
    The Song of Situations
    The Flute Player
    Tanging the Swarm
    Local Honey
    On Lüneberg Heath
    Calluna, Calluna
    The Impossible Goodbye
    Alone with Angie’s Macaw
    The Blues and the Abstract Truth
    Cloud Nine
    November Wedding
    Spring Motor Tour
    Bialowieza Honeymoon
    Strangers on a Train
    Bird Song
    Magpie Minstrel Valentine
    The New Life
    Jason and the Argonauts
    Worpington Hall
    Two Spells
    Breakfast Spell
    Supper Spell
    Lost Manuscripts of Dublin
    A Beer Hat at Ascot
    Scouting for Lovers
    The Passion
    The Quilting Bee
    The Queen’s Reader
    Fireman’s Lift
    His Piano the Sea
    Toy Story
    Devil’s Judge and Jury
    The Travelling Naturalist
    Middle Earth
    The Ox Truck Prospectus
    Worpington Hall
    Moon Harvest
    Earth Life
    Lovers of Lanes
    Camping on the Moon
    Liberty Hall
    Warren Lodges
    Double Trouble
    The Firebird

    Praise for Robert Saxton 'It's a bold deed to summon up Hesiod in eighty sonnets. The form, both familiar and odd, may shock us into a wakeful reading. For this is not at all an antiquarian version of two ancient texts. On the contrary, Robert Saxton addresses us here and now in the Age of Iron and makes us wonder how much longer Earth will endure our stay.'
    David Constantine
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