Light, whether the stark light of a fading parent, the light locked up in coal as a motif for a community and family history, or the spectacular unexpected last light of a winter dusk, is a frequent presence in Gerry Cambridge’s first collection of poems in nine years. ‘Notes’ begins and ends with light’s variation fire: the winter fire in the grate, the fire of the sun at the world’s edge. Between these two poles are poems of desire, possession and memory. Clear-eyed and grave, this is Cambridge’s most searching book to date.
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