Book Review for Labour Day:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume IX Issue XII


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Labour Day

Author: James Lindsay

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2021

Pages: 18

“And when you smile,
the whole world stops
and stares for a while . . .”
- from Just the Way You Are
by Bruno Mars

Heading down to the post box, the anticipation, to find regular packages of Chapbooks, the small coloured paper treatises with elegant Book Cover pictures, the spinning poetics on “a day in the life” telling stories of the poets, their lives, their craft, is all the news from home, as if fanciful letters from friends. This day finds a magical moonlight monologue in New Age poetics, weaving the surreal in classical images, poetry candy, Labour Day by James Lindsay and above/ground press. James Lindsay (poet, publisher, record producer) has written the poetry collections, Our Inland Sea, Double Self-Portrait and the Chapbook Ekphrasis! Ekphrasis! He runs a vinyl record label, Pleasence Records and is also a publisher.

A fanciful symbolist work, a daydream in island magic that spins in the voice of a sophisticated child. A series of poems, as if a diary with stories of the weather, of the landscape, visiting friends, events, with a love affair in the background.

“It’s a heinous wrong to watch wildflowers
And the surf dozing what’s left of the beach
In the yard of a cottage I did not build
By hand with sons I had to fight to have
A relationship with on taken land . . .”

A spinning weave, thoughts broken and full, a play on Imagism and the mixed genre post-modern Art Nouveau. The original use of word juxtapositions captivates. As if a fairytale in poetics, a round story, yet haunted, a certain disquiet/distrust of the universe, a mysterious darkness on the periphery. A story with the covid lockdowns in the background. A certain Zen of “the lost days of summer” awaiting the next breath.

“Let’s be clear regarding the rabbits
And flowers I insist hate us . . .”

An engenue poet with an evolution in New Age poetics, excitement that makes This Writer’s day, Labour Day by James Lindsay.

Available @ above/ground press.

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