Tuesday, August 20, 2013

book review: tim ellis, on the verge

Welcome to the first in a series of short book reviews. We kick off with Tim Ellis's new book of poems 'On the Verge'. The innovative structure allows him to include single poems within a longer poetic narrative. Interestingly, some single poems have been inspired by the journal of a real-life unidentified and environmentally aware poet, 'Tom', now deceased, while other single poems are attributed to 'Tom' (this is all clearly and sensitively explained in the introduction to the book). These poems have been creatively woven into the longer narrative. Here, a young hitch-hiker, based on 'Tom', attempts to engage with the intolerant lorry driver who picks him up. Both characters are well observed:

'I know his sort - he's out of touch with nature,
thinks animals the same as animations'

while, in other poems, rhinos and unicorns voice their own anger towards humans. As in Tim's previous poetry collection 'Gringo on the Chickenbus' the playful tone, vibrant rhymes, and juxtaposed cultural references lead the way into serious environmental issues. This is a collaborative road trip that explores fear and loathing, giving us imaginative transformations that show us the consequences of our environmental (in)actions.

On the Verge is available as an e-book through Smashwords and Amazon. Tim's website gives details of his previous publications as well as more information about his writing and travels.

1 comment:

Mavis said...

Thanks Joanna
It's good to have my attention drawn to books I might otherwsie miss.
I hope all is well with you.

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