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Pages: 76

Language: English

Publisher: Indigo Dreams Press (25 Nov. 2006)

By: Ronnie Goodyer (Author)

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What do we expect from Ronnie Goodyer's fourth collection? Honesty, humour, passion, a distinctive voice inextricably linked to the unique place of Cornwall? We expect all of that and New Words from an Old Hat delivers all of it and more.

There is a clear arc between the writing here and earlier collections. `September Runs' with its assured imagery, hypnotic mirror rhyme scheme and insistent pace feels like the natural successor to `This June' of Lizard Reality. There is continuity, but also a strong sense of a writer who has moved on. It is autumn now: there is still a strong pulse, but it may lead us to darker places, even to `the filthy floor of a disused factory.'

The `Old Hat' echoes his former optimism with `candlelight and jasmine incense', but the shadows here are lengthening, There is a new awareness of life's fragility: love-making is 'holding as if the world may shatter,' in the knowledge that all that we have is 'A few days./ One lifetime.' Yet there is also the resolute belief that life is more than the sum of its parts - that we will leave 'our silhouette in the ancestral landscape / long after we've departed.'

Such tension only serves to make Goodyer's writing more authentic and humane. This is poetry that engages directly with the place and people, always looking for the narrative thread of things - whether nature or human existence. Perhaps the last line of One Day In August says it best of all, 'Such beauty in a landscape of stories.'

The beauty, as St. Augustine has opined before me, is all the more enriched by the existence of the shadows and in Goodyer we have a poet brave enough to explore both - the old and the new, the shadows and the light.

Jan Fortune-Wood, Cinnamon Press,


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