POETS @ STANZA 2020: A SELECTION OF REVIEWS BY DURA - Lynn Davidson

Saturday 29 February 2020

For 2020, the StAnza Blog is hosting DURA – the Dundee University Review of the Arts – who as reviewers in virtual residence on the StAnza Blog will post excerpts from their selection of reviews of titles by poets on the StAnza 2020 programme, including this one in today’s blog. The full review can be read on their website at  https://dura-dundee.org.uk/category/poets-stanza-2019-reviews/. Written by staff and students, DURA is keen to promote the diversity of artists and art forms in the UK context, supporting especially (albeit non-exclusively) independent cinema outlets, exhibitions, theatre, film and publishing. 

Lynn Davidson, Islanderreviewed by Victorian Lothian

Each section of Islander offers a different view of our sense of belonging, each prompts a response from our own unique position, as solitary islanders, shaped by the giants of nature this poetry honours. While Davidson successfully explores the natural forces that impact on our internal landscape, Islander draws no conclusions as to whether we live at odds or in harmony with earth’s great rhythms. However, the poet leaves no doubt of the permeance of perspective:

Just do me this favour,
stop divvying up past and future
here and not-here
or there’ll be no vantage point
that isn’t just a trick
of light.
                                    (‘Who am I again? Are you lost again?’)

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