Tag Archives: Derek Turner

Oblivion’s grace DEREK TURNER

Oblivion’s grace DEREK TURNER In the deadness of Dove Wing Mrs. Martindale waits – For a Balt with an assortment of jars. She’s a bird that has fallen, Crashed into this place, This carpeted cage without bars. Stunned into quiescence, … Continue reading

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Displays DEREK TURNER

Displays DEREK TURNER Black-brown stinking sty Rising green Camomile.   Bright Red Arrows fly – Great writings Scraped high.   This breathless July – Do these things Signify?  

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Testing for humanity – The Plague Dogs revisited DEREK TURNER

Testing for humanity The Plague Dogs (book 1977, film 1982) DEREK TURNER revisits an animal rights classic I came across by chance recently a DVD of The Plague Dogs, a 1982 animation of Richard Adams’ bestselling 1977 novel. I was … Continue reading

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Down Mexico way DEREK TURNER

Down Mexico way DEREK TURNER reads a fictional evocation of US-Mexican borderline personality disorder The Education of Hector Villa Chilton Williamson, Jr., Rockford, Illinois: Chronicles Press, 2012, pb. 208 “Roads fade out before you reach the line, And the signposts … Continue reading

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Journey into Guilt – Detour (1945)

Journey into guilt Detour (1945) The term film noir is loose and sometimes controversial, but for many people Detour could encapsulate the genre. It is American, it is shot in black-and-white, it is a thriller, and it focuses on a … Continue reading

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Modernity in a medieval city

Modernity in a medieval city Modern Masters in Print, Usher Gallery, Lincoln, until 30 March, admission free Just down the hill from the superb Lincoln Cathedral is the Usher Gallery, the rather unlikely setting for this peripatetic V&A exhibition, which … Continue reading

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Land hunger, land anger

Land hunger, land anger The Field (1990) DEREK TURNER The Field opens in dramatic style. The setting is the rural west of Ireland, in 1965. A father and son are seen silhouetted at the top of a cliff, having dragged … Continue reading

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Reconnecting with Cavafy

Reconnecting with Cavafy DEREK TURNER reviews the latest tribute to Greece’s greatest modern poet Shades of Love – Photographs Inspired by the Poems of C. P. Cavafy Dimitris Yeros, poems translated by David Connolly, Insight Editions, San Francisco, 2010, 165 … Continue reading

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The tide-watchers

The tide-watchers   At the end of a sand-heaped lane A scene from Rembrandt – Worried lights clustered against hugeness; Lowlit men appraise an upraised ocean Boiling where a beach should be. Quiet speaking on a universal plain As wind … Continue reading

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Cold constitutional

Cold constitutional   On the ice-edge of the hill Gazing down grateful from verge of valley, Coming in across country, a splinter of winter –   My feet hold fields. And today, I saw the sun so wonderfully die, The … Continue reading

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