REVIEW by Rob A Mackenzie

NWR Issue 104

The Claims Office

by Dai George

Straight from the opening poem’s first stanza, you know you’re reading a poet whose language and vision will strain beyond prosaic narrative and description:

At her graveside, I’m without walls. Safe
from the churn of claim and counterclaim,
I hand myself over to what there is.

‘Reclaiming the View’

As you read on, it becomes clear that these lines are virtually a manifesto. The living world is a hotbed of power games and churns with people trying to make their mark the one that counts for others. The narrator feels the need to find a truer perspective beyond all of that. While his world view is confrontational, it is not pessimistic...

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