The new book from
Seren collects work since 1997. Peter Finch's take on the angst of
post-modern urban man is available from the first poem here, Stats,
an irreverent collection of the author's vital statistics. Finch keenly
observes the dark forces that afflict us and then relentlessly skewers
them with a quick wit or twists form to give us alternative versions,
inflicting a random beauty on the stale or predictable. He fearlessly
lampoons the cliché of Wales as a land of sheep and song and
exposes the tedious horrors of business-speak and bureaucracy, while
his poems on relationships are paradoxically tender and enigmatic,
as much about the gaps and elisions of love as the poignant absurdities
of strong feelings.
Food - the stuff
that keeps us moving on. Not only does the collection include poems
on dining, eating, preparing and thinking about food but Finch's verse
sequence on walking - the perfect post-prandial activity - endemic
in his life. The hills, coasts, rocks and heart-stop climbs are all
here. Test Finch out on the world seen through haiku. See where William
Carlos Williams had led him. Spend money in Soviet Russia. Hang around
outside a concert at St David's Hall. There is a maturity in his handling
of life and increasing engagement with death. His range is as wide
as ever. The vital mix of humour, heart wrench, diatribe, and experimentation
remained true to his double-headed vision of the world - seen through
both modernist and anti-modernist eyes. There are visual poems here,
text messages from Ffynnon Denis, the Mabinogi translated, his OULIPO
versions of contemporary mores, his re-edit of the laws governing
the establishment of the Welsh Assembly, his errata for Irish visitors,
his vision of how age purrs in, and and rattles the parts of his life.
the multi-talented and endlessly inventive Peter Finch has produced
an unmissable new collection of poems.
published by Seren Books
paperback. 1-85411-296-1 £6.95.
to order click
Peter Finch: archive
at peterfinch dot co dot uk
The launch at waterstones.
Photo: John Briggs
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