I’ve been eagerly awaiting the next collection
of poetry from Derek, and here it is. Derek is a
contributor to this issue of VT, so for an idea
of his work, have a read now, and then buy the collection!
Derek, very well known in poetry circles, has a
huge simmering explosion of images and ideas to
draw from, and it shows in each poem. As a live
performer he mixes depth and subtle humour to craft
poems which leave you either planning your next
wine laden symposium (complete with naked nubile
flute players) or facing your unforgiving shadow
in the middle of the night. Particularly impressive
is Derek’s ease in dealing with classical
imagery and updating these ideas into original verse
that keeps within the spirit of the old.
The Littoral Press, 38 Barringtons , 10 Sutton
Road, Southend on Sea, SS2 5NA.
Review by Jamie Spracklen