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  • By Dorothy Nattrass
    Sep 1, 2014
    These poems are all beautifully written and many are deeply thoughtful. Some are philosophical ("Come Sit with Me", "Time", "Chance"), some nostalgic ("My Grandfather's Study", "On the Train")and some very amusing ("Incident at Tesco's", "Suburban Song"). One major theme is the urge to explode through restrictions, be they conformist suburbia or one's own cerebral mood hampering emotional expression, as in "Frogatt Edge" ("the glory shatters").The last line of "Ted" evokes this "peace and quiet can be greatly overrated". Another theme is couples trying to find each other as in "Home and Away": when a wife returns to her mother "I felt like a foreigner" but on her return, "we argued". The effect of retirement on men is treated humorously but sympathetically "Where once they guided ships of state, now they guide a trolley". Supermarkets,... More > dancing and rain abound ("tonight's rain, crouching like an ambush, behind the distant lowering hill"). These poems make you feel that you are actually there.< Less
  • By jerry pike
    Jan 19, 2014
    From A to Z, one of the best poetry books i've read in years. Each new description drew me on and I was never let down. Can't wait for the next one.
  • By Jennifer Ransom
    Jan 19, 2014
    I've greatly enjoyed reading and re-reading these remarkable poems. In "Edges", Philip Lawder explores the so-human boundaries between inner and outer reality in funny, delightful, intriguing and often poignant ways. His work connects at many levels - as good poetry should do. This attractive volume would make a perfect present for friends and family.
  • By Biddy Sweeting
    Oct 31, 2013
    I loved these poems. The themes taken from 'ordinary' life made them accessible and surprisingly moving.
  • By sylvia colley
    Oct 20, 2013
    Tender,raw,brutal and sometimes madly funny, Philip Lawder's poems transported me to the edges of my memory, remaking moments with his evocative imagery and touching humanity. It is the seemingly small things,unnoticeable to others that Philip reawakens for us. In his poem 'When The Flu Came' he recalls at boarding school a small boy being bullied and then: 'In February when the wind was coldest flu swept in from the East.' The bully dies;the small boy survives but the touching irony is, and he writes: 'that this felled beast forever golden while he remained one boy who didn't catch the flu' We will not forget beautifully expressed moments like that . A fine collection of poems
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Fist Edition
Cicero Press
September 9, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.26 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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