There is nothing fancy about cancer in The Year of the Crab by Gordon Meade

October 31st, 2018 § 0 comments

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Dominik Szczepaniak finds The Year of the Crab, by Gordon Meade, an ‘immersive’ book, which begs to be read as a whole. On the Dundee University Review of the Arts, Szczepaniak writes:

There are times when life throws us into trying situations that isolate us from the understanding of others. In 2014 Gordon Meade was diagnosed with cancer. In his 9th poetry collection he takes the reader on a full tour of the battlefield – from the diagnosis to the battle itself and finally, its positive verdict.

The book is immersive; it reads like a diary, full of Meade’s personal feelings and struggles. This is not a collection of complex, poetic language or convoluted metaphors (although that is not to say there are no powerful metaphors within) […]

I strongly believe that only few selected poems in the collection, if presented on their own, would make a great impact upon the reader. Combined, they create a story, something inherently private and cohesive. Meade, with an air of honesty and openness, conjures an atmosphere of pain, fear and sorrow, but also hope and appreciation. At times he expresses it through the description of a regular encounter at the hospital, but he also finds other means, such as nature or classical mythology. […]

‘There is nothing fancy about cancer’ – these words figure on the back cover of the book and stand to summarise the overall collection: a genuine and direct read. After reading a couple of poems, what’s not fancy becomes desired the most. For it’s not in the simple words that it’s found, but in the simple images that suddenly become powerful metaphors, brutal or hopeful. In this dichotomy Meade finds his reality; torn between living and dying, he craves comfort.

Order Gordon Meade’s latest poetry collection for £10 plus p&p here: The Year of the Crab

Two other poetry collections by Gordon Meade are available from Cultured Llama: Sounds of the Real World and Les Animots: A Human Bestiary, with images by Doug Robertson.

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