Selected Poems by Peter Sansom
Carcanet Press Ltd (ebook), 2011
I borrowed this ebook from my library and read it on my Kobo.
With poems culled from a period of 20 years, this compilation brings together the works of English poet Peter Sansom. Having made the local and familiar his own resonant territory, Sansom explores the common ground of modern life, such as supermarkets, darts matches, life with teenagers, and family funerals. Including revised versions of previously published poems, this collection is sure to enthral poetry lovers as well as fans of Sansom.
Half-three. Mum’s at bingo
So the house is quiet. Joss is asleep
With his hand covering his face
From the light or from view.
The clock ticks either side of his breathing.
I chose to this the ‘a book written by someone with the same initials’ category of my Popsugar Reading Challenge 2015.
I loved every poem in this collection. Sansom’s poems are the kind of poems I love to read and the style and subject matter is similar to poems I write myself. Every line was sheer pleasure. Each poem was like a miniature little story. I loved the descriptions, language and use of imagery. My personal favourites were House, Funeral Morning, Bliss, Death Cap, Words For Paul Cézanne and My Mother On A Seat Outside A Hospital.