Dark Pool: Poems
by Ben Howard
Taking its title from the root meaning of Dublin. Ben Howard's fifth collection of poems probes the provenance of naming. Ranging in locale from eastern Iowa to Country Clare, these poems endeavour to call the things of this world by their "rightful names." Whether the object of contemplation be a vanished Dublin bookshop, a bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln's hands, the mont...more
paperback, 87 pages
Published January 8th 2004 by Salmon Publishing Ltd.
(first published January 2004)
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When I began reading this collection, I thought that it was a very well written collection of poetry that had some interesting ideas and flowed very well, but somehow felt empty to me in some way. That all changed when I hit page 33. Looking back, I can't even begin to explain why that division exists. The language does not seem to shift there, nor does the subject matter change overly. However, from that point on, I felt quite drawn in to the collection, liking nearly every poem that I came acr...more