Adam Horovitz once told me he could hear music in the poetry of chemical words and terms. Well, his words in this collection sing to me. The love-themed poems are sometimes personal and sometimes grand in scale. Here are excerpts from some of my favourites below.
‘The Singing Street’ transported me to a childhood memory in Sunderland:
I knock again.
Are you in pain? I ask, and Can I help?
The duet become opera and I retreat,
hot faced and frightened, to the singing street.
‘Experiment’ really spoke to my love of science. This poem reminded me of certain feelings that I have experienced. Here is the opening verse:
Here is my hand. If I reach out
and let the nerves beneath my fingers’ skin
shiver in sympathy with yours
I believe that my head will electrify itself,
split apart from the atom of my lips,
create a fiery, autonomic smile.
I love the innovative use of language in one poem’s reference to Ovid’s Metamorphoses. ‘Thisbë the verse’ features this enchanting final stanza:
The phone roars like a hungry lion,
drowns out reason. Was that a voice
through the letterbox? I am too tired for words.
My mouth is dry and all the graves I’ve ever known
Are gaping at me in an imitation of a kiss
‘Love like pollen’ is an example that includes nature-themed imagery. This poem reminds me that there is so much beauty all around us. Here is the first verse:
Love like pollen
first a fine dust of it
smearing the summer air
then, sticky and heavy
on the backs of bees
the high priests of flower marriages
travelling from bloom to gaping bloom
Love & Other Fairy Tales is a wonderful Indigo Dreams collection that I highly recommend. Adam’s unique style immersed me into places where my head became filled with romance, questions surrounding faith, nature, and the mythical. This book would be a welcome Christmas present.
Stephen Paul Wren 14th December 2021