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The major part of Storm and Honey portrays the working life of a trawler’s crew, fishing in estuarine and coastal waters. It opens with the discovery of a child’s corpse inside the belly of a shark – an intensity which is held throughout as the poems respond to the visceral shock of the fishing, the characters of the men, and the power of light and wind and water.
These energies are so fully enacted in the language of the poems, in their visual and aural effects, that you feel there is a claim being made for poetry itself as an elemental power. Elsewhere there is delight and comedy too, in poetry’s ability to distil the storm.