Tuesday, 08 March 2011

Review of alan finlay's pushing from the riverbank by Liesl Jobson

pushing from the riverbank is an exceptional poetry collection that explores the gaze of a man beholding his family.With tenderness and longing,Finlay’s narrators present a fearless account.Whether a boy talking to his mother, the husband watching his breast-feeding wife, or the man soothing a son in the small hours, the narrator probes and measures the supreme vulnerability of the modern family unit.
In stark musical language,Finlay peels back memories and unpicks the present, displaying his own intense yearning for something just beyond reach. This observation of the homesickness some suffer while at home is beautifully resonant. The poems get under your skin.

(published in Cape Times, March 4, 2011)

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