Views and Distances
Views and Distances is Vernon Scannell's first collection of poems to be published since The Black and White Days in 1996. Although he is one of our most senior poets, this volume shows no diminution in the wit, technical skill and sheer imaginative and emotional range that characterise his work. In his new book there are poems that celebrate the durability of love in its various manifestations and others that revel in the ludic possibilities of language. A number of classical forms are employed, including the sonnet, villanelle and sestina, but Scannell always maintains an easy colloquial voice, even in the most eloquent and lyrical pieces.
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VIEWS AND DISTANCESUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Scannell is one of the grand old men of contemporary English poetry, born in 1922 and publishing since the late 1950s; his 1960 The Masks of Love won the Heinemann Prize, and he's been turning out ... Read full review