Huge congratulations to John Looker, whose poetry collection, The Human Hive, has been accepted against stiff competition into The Poetry Library’s collection. A wonderful achievement!
John Looker’s poetry collection, The Human Hive, recently published by Bennison Books, is now available for Kindle. The theme of the collection is our humanity, seen through the lens of human work in all its forms. One of the most intriguing sections is the author’s exploration of the ‘states of mind’ that we can all experience through work. These are portrayed via a range of very different individuals, from an ambassador and caretaker to a clown and ploughman.
“someone had pictured the thing, had puzzled it out,/ had heard in the mind the ethereal singing of angels/ if it were played.”
“The most exacting test of whether work is a fit subject for poetry is to ask whether poetry can capture and transmute the emotional encounters of work.”
A highly original collection of poems that explore our daily lives as we struggle to get by; the emotional experiences encountered through work; and the place of humankind on our planet.
“I knew that I wanted to write a series of poems about what it is to be human through the lens of work and activity.”