This is the first collection from John Weston, a career diplomat with interests in education, the arts and the voluntary sector. He is a writer who can weave observations of the natural world naturally into a narrative:
I knew I was losing you that day at Brooks Camp
where we walked to see the salmon leap
into the bears' open mouths.
(from To Alaska and Back)
As the school bus took the cornerwind lifted
the birch tree branches, shifting the light's angle.
(from The Shillinged Birches).
though my favourite poem is the starkly simple Image, which begins:
That dwarf lilac bush
is bouncing with long-
...doing a jig for
the first day of spring
This collection covers a lot of topics including family, allotment gardens, wartime and a series of translations from Mao Tse-tung.
Chasing the Hoopoe by John Weston, published by Peterloo Poets, 2005