Scenery and Agriculture, by David Beach (VUP, 2012), 64 pp., $25.00; Punctured Experimental, by Iain Britton (Kilmog Press, 2010), 44 pp., $45.00; Cominghomeland – Poems by Terry Moyle (Ducks on the Wall Publishing, 2011), 74 pp., $32.00.
Iain Britton, in Punctured Experimental, depends wholly upon mood — usually an unnaturally drawn out last gasp — as his principle of coherence. Once more, hypocrisies are exposed and occasionally given a scabrous what-for. The tone is uniformly world-wary, into which, here and there, a beatific pinhole is sometimes poked, allowing in a little light, which is a spotlight trained on the poems’ protagonist, which I take to be their author.
ROBERT MCLEAN was born at Bethany in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1974. His most recent publication is a chapbook length poem A Graveyard by the Sea (Cold Hub Press). He lives in Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula.