SIGNS OF EARLY MAN BY JANE WEIR
TEMPLAR POETRY (PAPERBACK), 2009
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
Signs of Early Man is an elegy to Derbyshire, and its natural and literary landscape.
SIMPLY SAT AT THE FOOT, TESSINGTON
Spring has begun to draw out buds, bud by bud
as fingers slip, one by one out of kid gloves, bud by bud by bud…
WHAT I THOUGHT
Signs of Early Man is an enjoyable collection of poems. I liked the cover for the collection. The poet covers a wide range of subjects. Many of the poems are steeped in nature. I don’t tend to read a lot of nature poems so this made a refreshing change. The poems are very soft and gentle and the pace is slow which something I don’t read a lot is also. My favourite poems were Hen, The David Mellor Kitchen Shop Reverie, From Out Of a Lever Came a Doll of Sorts, Poppet and The Door Is Grey. The stand out poem is Our Conversation about Spider’s Webs in which the poem wrenches the steering wheel of a driver who is distracted and almost hits a drystone wall.