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ISBN: 978 1 903039 90 8
Categories: 21st Century
Published: August 2007
216 x 135 x 7 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, Paperback
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.
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.'
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