November 21st, 2008

breaking bad

Folklore by Tim Atkins

I bought a book of modern poetry called 'Folklore' by Tim Atkins from Salt Publishing, because I heard someone read from it at the Tin Angel, and I liked what I heard.

The poems are all broken up with punctuation (lots of full stops, missing some apostrophes for some reason). I think the purpose of this is to reflect the way consciousness is broken up into a collection of moments.

Sometimes I found the poems too hard to understand - particularly the very short ones didn't work so well for me. Too hard to grip.
Waken in. A plum stone.

Speaks into tables. With a handful of signs. Lays them on the same. Dreams of. Mends fences.

Breathing, sighing is a sign.

But mostly I thought they were vivid, intense (if, still, hard to understand). He reminds me a lot of Alan Garner - intense fleshy relationship with the land, the history of the land, working class men and women living in little houses on the edge of the wild land. But set in the Malvern Hills rather than Cheshire.

This for instance reminds me of Alan Garner a lot Collapse )