An introduction to the poetry published by Ocaso Press. A good selection of poems, some complete and some excerpts, that
illustrate the styles, variety and themes of Colin Holcombe's work. The poems are not grouped by date or appearance in collected form, but so as to provide some continuity to enjoyable reading through themes that progress from childhood through love in its all its forms, to society, travel, history, the miseries of war and oppression to the thoughts that close off our human existence — broadly speaking: there's considerable overlap. All the collections are represented, but the bulk has gone to the more successful pieces. There is also a succession through the book from simple, song-like pieces to more serious and denser poems. Many poems are too long to be printed in their entirety, and are given as short excerpts.
This is poetry as it once was, before Modernism imposed its narrow filters: an attempt to express the elemental human condition, memorably, eloquently and truthfully, through a wide breadth of subject matter, search for beauty of phrase, and deliberate verse craftsmanship. The poetry is not simply a return to the past, however, but a return from the past
in themes and treatments that Modernism has chosen to ignore. One such is the preoccupation with contested social issues, doubtless unwelcome in state-funded academia, but strongly present in pre-Elizabethan, Augustan and Romantic poetry. Second is the development of strict forms into believable voices. Third is the emancipation from indrawn Modernist preoccupations to a keen animal appreciation of the world, the bodily happiness of being alive. Also included are excerpts from verse tales and play, matters not seriously attmpted since the nineteen thirties, when poetry was an extension of good prose, not the wholly different animal that today caters for a shrinking segment of the book-reading public.
Some 120 poems are represented, introduced with a review of contemporary poetry difficulties.
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