Eight Rivers, a book of forty four poems and verse libre, is an appreciation of the traditional ways and harmony to be found in the West Country. Its open moorland, natural phenomena and topical situations are described with an underlying rhythmic clarity. There is a variety of ‘snapshots’ covering Exmoor and Dartmoor, a hop to Lundy Island, across to the Severn Bore, Stonehenge and onto Cornwall.
This book just asks to be picked-up and held. It does not disappoint - the cover depicting the Clapper Bridge over the North Teign River on Dartmoor is from a water colour by a distinguished local artist. It is a taste of things to come and there is a delightful surprise at the end of the collection where the poem Winsford Hill has been set to music by local composers and the score is found in the end of the collection. . . a haunting melody which lingers long after it is heard.
Look out for Mr Fox who also makes an appearance.