These poems encompass a great variety of genres, moods and themes from the personal and reflective to the satirical, philosophical, historical, and scientific. What they share is a formalist conviction that rhyme and meter are by no means obsolete for serious poetic purposes and that verse technique is a necessary, if not sufficient, condition for any poem that merits the name. They also put the case for a poetics that takes its distance from the highly subjective, self-absorbed, often private-confessional mode of much present-day lyric poetry. This allows them a wider range of tone and attitude as well as a greater freedom for the exercise of intelligent thought about topics beyond the narrowly first-person remit. Norris reminds us that the intellectual passions are rightly so called since ideas can generate a degree of passionate involvement that finds its fullest, most striking expression in formally complex and challenging verse.
Published by Peter Thabit Jones’s excellent Seventh Quarry Press, 2019
ISBN 978-0-9935326-7-2 133pp £9.99 including postage
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