Voice Mail

Voice Mail

2002 (reprinted 2004)

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‘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 beginning is extraordinary… This is a lively, varied and hugely enjoyable collection which will appeal not only to poetry lovers, but also to sceptics.’
– Frank Startup in The Librarian

‘Diverse and wide-ranging in style and content, the poems collected here none the less share the urge of ‘Father’ to speak directly to the reader. Thus there is a profoundly humane and humanist concern throughout the collection purposefully confirmed in the closing poems… In short: poetry matters.’
– Mark Moore

‘A multiplicity of voices characterizes this fine collection … His ability to make the familiar unfamiliar captures a profound sense of ‘Why this?’ … Forbes is a master of the striking image … And he has a strong sense of the elemental roots of the sacred… Speaking the infinite in the everyday, the unique in the endlessly quotable quotidian, and with wit, too: that’s some voice.’
– Stephen Elves in Connections

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‘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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