Duncan Forbes’s fifth collection, Vision Mixer, presents a lively mixture of sights and insights from the colourful cover to a core of poems concerned with fatherhood and that ultimate mixer of visions alias God. The poems in the collection explore a wide range of themes, forms, freedoms and responsibilities and their moods vary from entertainingly light verses to seriously questing meditations in search of enlightenment, giving new voice to fresh visions. Above all, Duncan Forbes’ poetry remains richly human and humane. Albert Einstein is invoked, Sir John Betjeman turns in his grave and there are poems here which are tenderly elegiac and sharply provocative alongside his exuberantly comic turns. He also contemplates the natural world with a wry intensity and in each of these poems he commemorates our fragile mortality together with its quest for significance beyond signs.
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