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  • By John Webber
    Feb 12, 2013
    This fascinating collection is prefaced by a quote from Baudelaire, “When watching people it is possible to rejoice and despair simultaneously”, which the author has chosen as a brief guide perhaps of what to expect within his poetry. It is indeed apt to summarise the world of blinding lights and deepest shadows that Thomson has created in this book as a recurring theme across a spectrum of situations and emotions that his poems present. Many of the poems are set in city environments and you can practically hear the Tom Waits soundtrack playing in the background as although we discover that the city is Glasgow, many of those film noir, smoky bar, late night images are evoked and used to excellent effect either as observations of the city itself, or, more frequently, as a means of expressing the searing thoughts and feelings of the protagonist as Thomson takes us through a city haunted by his experiences. He uses his own music heroes too, to guide or perhaps support him as Leonard... More > Cohen and Bob Dylan often seem to be hovering around and jazz of course frequently lingers in dark night streets and and over bitter-sweet dates. The late nights are often mirrored by all too early mornings where the cold, grey Glasgow winters equally make their impact on the unique atmosphere that this set of poems creates and leaves us with an unforgettable collection of images and phrases to savour. I will end with just a small appetiser: And the streetlights gathered / round the oil streaked rainbows / we all clung like mourners / as jazz fragments drifted / into the night.< Less
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First Edition
February 9, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.4 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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