Lost for Words

Lost for Words

by Bernard Harrington


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'There are many surprising moments in these poems:
'A frog rasping his see-saw serenade calls up the crescent moon.'
'Blessed are the cyclists.'
'a single butterfly chases its shadow.'

It's the sharp unexpectedness of these moments, these sightings, that appeal to me. It isn't just a matter of observation. It's about focus, the poet's mind in the poem, an active seeing and feeling. At such moments the poet isn't imposing on the world but welcoming the world in. It's a shaping, of course, an imaging, not a passive reception. I think that's one of the things poetry is for: mind working in the world, world working on the mind.'
Jeremy Hooker

'A poet of wry observation and deft description; equally at home in Wales and the world outside. These finely-crafted poems are a vital read.'
Mike Jenkins

I like the poem(s) 'Mair o Benrhys' very much, especially the interplay of the elemental and the religious. The dramatic figuring of that relationship in the shucked off snakeskin is terrific. The range of voices and forms, from the loose structure of 'Earth' and 'Water', to the tightly controlled villanelle of 'Air' is impressive and assured.
Kevin Mills

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ISBN-13: 9781537720937
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/19/2016
Pages: 70
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.14(d)

About the Author

Bernard has completed a full career as an engineer being involved in the leading edge of several technologies. During which time he has successfully contributed poems and short stories to literary magazines and anthologies in Wales, England and the USA. His poems are collected here for the first time.

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