Human Archaeology by Ian Gouge
Although Ian Gouge has been writing for many years, he still suffers from that common complaint felt by all writers at one time or another – namely, the nagging uncertainty around the quality and relevance of their work. ‘Human Archaeology’ is his first collection of new poetry since ‘Collected Poems (1979-2016)’ (pub. 2017).
The themes and preoccupations of ‘Human Archaeology’ crystallised as the new poems began to gather themselves into something approaching a coherent whole. The examination of history and its artefacts is probably a wholly appropriate subject given that some of the pieces were crafted from ‘found’ material – much in the same way perhaps as an Archaeologist assembles and then displays fragments found through their excavations.
Praise for ‘Human Archaeology’:
“a compelling exploration of the meaning of memory and history” – Hamish Wilson
“an imaginative archaeology that is personal, social and cultural…an interesting, special form of poetic plate-spinning…a volume of poetry that deserves careful attention” – David McAndrew
Note: not a Coverstory books original