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Human Time

Human Time

2020
Voicemail Press
ISBN  978-1-9163680-0-2

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For international shipping costs and large quantity orders please contact Duncan Forbes here.

‘I’ve had several intensely pleasurable readings of Human Time and it seems to me to be your most successful and complete collection, hugely varied in style, tone, verse forms (how you can play with them!) and subject-matter, and capable of inducing hilarity, astonishment, awe and sadness with the turn of a page. As always the serious sits side by side with the comic, the local with the exotic, and the reader is unclear what’s coming next, but knows that whatever it is, it will hold the interest and stimulate the senses, the tear-ducts and whatever physical mechanism triggers laughter. There are so many brilliant lines and deft turns of phrase, such a mastery of language, whether everyday, arcane or recherché. Altogether a treat to read.’
– STEPHEN STUART-SMITH, DIRECTOR OF ENITHARMON

Lifelines

Lifelines

2009 BUY THE BOOK For international shipping costs and large quantity orders please contact Duncan Forbes here. A lively and versatile poet, Duncan Forbes can deal with life’s events in modes both comic and tragic. With his eye for detail and strong understanding of traditions, he approaches the enduring themes of poetry in fresh and… Continue Reading

Vision Mixer

Vision Mixer

2008 BUY THE BOOK For international shipping costs and large quantity orders please contact Duncan Forbes here. 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. He… Continue Reading

Voice Mail

Voice Mail

2002 (reprinted 2004) BUY THE BOOK For international shipping costs and large quantity orders please contact Duncan Forbes here. ‘a poet of real if unflashy accomplishment, whose work deserves to be better known.’ – Vernon Scannell in the Sunday Telegraph ‘While dipping in to these voices offers rewards, the cumulative effect of reading from the… Continue Reading

Taking Liberties

Taking Liberties

1993 Out of print Try Abe Books for titles out of print ‘The range of [his] intelligence is formidable, yet never self-regarding except in a mildly deprecatory manner. Formal elegance is the least of it, for lucid precision finds ways to combine sensual appreciation with argument … the ability to pack intensity into a short… Continue Reading

Public and Confidential

Public and Confidential

1989 Out of print Try Abe Books for titles out of print ‘Duncan Forbes has a good sense of reality, and of what Thomas Hardy called “life’s little ironies”. He does well with the short formal poem, often with a sting in the tail. Good lines are common: ‘All stones look semi-precious on the beach’,… Continue Reading

August Autumn

August Autumn

1984 Out of print Try Abe Books for any of the books which are out of print. ‘Duncan Forbes’s poems were noticed by various reviewers of Faber’s Poetry Introduction 5. The grace, wit, intelligence and touching sentiment of that earlier selection can now be seen augmented and expanded in this first full-length book. August Autumn… Continue Reading

Anthologies

Poems by Duncan Forbes have appeared in the following anthologies: New Poetry 4 and 5 The Penguin Book of Light Verse edited by Gavin Ewart (1980) The Faber Book of Blue Verse (1990) The Faber Book of Movie Verse (1993) Forward Book of Poetry (1993) Poem for the Day (1994) Scanning the Century: The Penguin… Continue Reading

The Vanishing

The Vanishing

Edited by Shae Spreafico (Elsinore Books 2017) Continue Reading

The Poetry Pharmacy

The Poetry Pharmacy

Edited by William Sieghart (2017) Continue Reading


 

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STEPHEN STUART-SMITH ON HUMAN TIME:

‘I’ve had several intensely pleasurable readings of Human Time and it seems to me to be your most successful and complete collection, hugely varied in style,tone, verse forms (how you can play with them!) and subject-matter, and capable of inducing hilarity, astonishment, awe and sadness with the turn of a page.’

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