Carl Sandburg, US poet and Pulitzer Prize
winner, writes: ‘Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and
why they go away’. That is both true and false. Poetry is in one form an
engagement with the Invisible, seeking to give it tangible expression. It is
also a recognition of the hard facts of life; at once an act of disclosure, a
reaching out in empathy, a sketching of a map pointing to our place in the
scheme of things.
There is no guarantee that poetry will make
sense. Why should it? It can, however, communicate our human condition even if
it evades our understanding. ‘There is poetry’, John Cage wrote, ‘as soon as we
recognise we possess nothing’. Poetry is necessary food that sustains us
through time, through a journey of dispossession and discovery.
The poems in Turning in Time invite a dialogue that
seeks to push aside surface debris to capture hidden depths in our daily
experience. A turn away from the obvious in order to advance reasons to look
ahead hopefully. A quest to identify a source of light that can lead us on.
To be a poet is to be a pilgrim sharing food with fellow travellers. It
is always good to share a meal together.
Sacred/profane. Formal/free. Mythic/grounded. Spiritual/practical. All, and
none, apply. Denham Grierson’s collection will not allow us the easy tricks of
made-up taxonomies. The collection just is what it is. And it will not submit
to easy characterisations like ‘from the heart’, or ‘rooted in mystery’, or
‘grounded in experience’. Again, all and none apply. There is work to be done
here; no longer by the poet, but by the reader. The poem gains meaning and
lives only through the reader’s gaze, and the reader’s engagement. Then, and
only then, is the poem truly happening.
From the Foreword by Karel Reus
|18 October 2018
Turning in Time: Poems in Search of Home
- Authors Denham Grierson
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