Sunday, 25 August 2013

Sunday Review

Here at Poetry24 we were privileged to start this week with Clare McCotter's 'The Red Olinguito'. This is a remarkable poem in that it manages, without being predictably 'cute',  first to communicate something of the wonder of the discovery of a completely new species and then to make a biting a comment on the Snaresbrook 'child predator' controversy. The opening image of the creature so long hidden away but 'luxuriant in deep coral fur' is quite breath-taking. I read it with the feeling that I had just opened that drawer myself. 

On Tuesday, it was James Bessant's 'Savannah Westminster' that drew the comments of our readers, with one anonymous contributor pronouncing the poem 'better than Byron' and another, VSam, quite rightly drawing attention to the visual power of the piece when he - or she - said 'Could see the situation unfolding in front of my eyes.' James is not new to Poetry24 but he has, quite recently, added 'late night feeding' and 'nappy-changing' to his skills profile so we are particularly pleased that he was able to find the time to write and submit this poem.

On Wednesday we brought you Luigi Pagano's 'A Nation in Crisis', one of those deceptively simple pieces that actually depend on a mastery of language and tone. Luigi, of course, is one of our regular and long-standing contributors. We thank him for his loyalty which, we have to be honest, has got us out of many a fix when, for one reason or another, submissions have been a bit thin on the ground.

Thursday's poem was by Laura Taylor. It's title was simply: 'Upgrade'. There had to be a poem on this topic and we are very glad that it was this one. As one commentator observed - actually, VSam again - 'Such sensitivity is memorable.' For me the clincher is the combination of simplicity and great power. Thank you, Laura. Great photograph, too.

Friday brought us our last poem of the week. It was 'Red Line Crossed (Sarin Skies)' by Kerry-Louise Greenfield, a response to the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria. 'Powerful' and 'moving' were just two of the words that our contributors used to describe this piece and there is certainly no disputing the impact on the reader of the author's imagery.  So, all in all, another excellent week for us and for our readers. Please keep those submissions coming. Have a great week.

An Afterthought...

Requiring Some Attention

How delicate the art of political posturing
with its process of slow deliberation,
'judicious review', 'fact-gathering',
'contingencies' and 'claims';
the 'prompt investigation' of the 'so-called attack'
and those 'civilians' who 'appear to be' suffering';
'horrific symptoms', 'costly interventions'
'a big event of grave concern'.
It was seen as clear as day a long age ago
by a man who took some pains to try to tell us;
but still the politics of the English language
survives, very much alive and well. 

Abigail Wyatt