"Today you turn up five habits to quit for happiness: criticism, control, complaint, excuses, expectations, without which you'd be happy, bland and unbearable." (from 'Thirteen') Is the attempt to secure happiness worth making? Or is it simply a fast track to inevitable disenchantment?
Rob A. Mackenzie confronts such questions in The Good News, his second full collection, but it's no self-help manual.
Fate, faith, travel, love, politics and death are woven into taut, affecting poems, which reveal new layers with every reading: a professional sceptic tries in vain not to become too certain of his own doubt, angels weep in Spanish into their designer coffees, and a hundred Scottish poets are enlisted to articulate the trials and tribulations of their nation at a key point in its history.
The book's central section is a sequence concerning autism's effect on family life.
Poets have written about autism before, but no one has written anything quite like this.
Mackenzie offers a typically versatile collection in style and form, combining an inimitable sensibility and imagination with a secure command of tone. These poems confirm his growing reputation as one of our most intriguing and alluring voices.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 96 pages
- Publisher: Salt Publishing
- Publication Date: 15/04/2013
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781907773426