This article by Deborah Bennison, the founder of Bennison Books, first appeared in The Wagon Magazine.
“Poetry is often described as a distillation of emotion and this notion is perfectly expressed in a powerful debut collection, Rock and Lodestone, by Otley-based poet Glenda Kerney Brown.”
‘G’day, Al,’ sez I, ‘did the ladies at the shop tell you about the books?’ Al looked undecided.
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.
To open the pages of a book by Peter Bowes is to enter a quintessentially Australian world, but one that is also universal.
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 saw that he had also stopped his madness and was looking over the heads that thronged between us – seeking me out.’
‘This is a beautiful, lyrical book: touching and haunting. It repays a slow read and rereading.” ~ John Looker, author of The Human Hive.
‘… it was like watching a man up to his neck in water walking against four strong tides; where every tide pulled every limb in a different direction …’