Desire Paths by Andrew Martin (Shoals of Starlings Press)

Tears in the Fence

Andrew Martin’s new collection is from the pen of a modern lyricist who tips his cap to John Clare and Edward Thomas while having a thoroughly contemporary take on things. While ostensibly about the natural world his work is imbued with deep feeling and a sensitivity which verges on the vulnerable.His use of imagery has a minimalist precision and combines an aesthetic beauty with an approach to the world which contrasts the internal with the external in a manner that is fresh and approachable. The reader is constantly surprised and challenged into seeing the world anew and perhaps into rethinking preconceived positions. Martin also designed the cover art and book layout and he has a real flair for typography.

walking the worn edge

I’ve unseen things

you believed in

doves on fire

wings shredding

in the belly of Betelgeuse

I’ve heard waves

shadow-shimmer in daylight

far from the desire paths

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