Collected Poems (1979-2016) by Ian Gouge
For the first time since the inclusion of individual pieces in pamphlets, the third of an anthology – “Play for Three Hands” – through to self-published Kindle volumes “Walking Thru Fire” and “Second Sight”, Ian Gouge has gathered together a selection, revised them, and produced this first “Collected Poems”.
It contains some of very early pieces – such as “From The Lighthouse” – some poems never published before, and includes all the marque verse from his later volumes: “St. Ives”, “Skipton”, and of course “Walking Through Fire”.
This collection is a journey through theme and style, which still echoes the observation made in “Play for Three Hands”: ‘…the stoic shrug of the shoulders may mask a deeper sensibility. The disillusionment is only skin deep. Penetrate the veneer of cynicism and you will find a romantic beneath’ (Jason Best).
Note: not a Coverstory books original