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Bill Greenwell’s Ringers

Cinnamon brings us Bill Greenwell’s Ringers. In 2006 they published his collection, Impossible Objects  and Ringers has most definitely been worth the wait. A collection that’s jam-packed with delicious language, sharp wit, skilful parodies and a tenderness that gently weaves through its pages.

In Driving Away and Illegal this warmth and affection is mixed with humour in the text message, the “safe journey” which comes through when he’s driving, or in the “faff of traffic” when he listens to her voice:

“Tell me when you are home and safe: I ran your message
gently, pressing the pedal, sensing
how your absence is always present, how I find you moving
through these familiar streets.”

From the arresting Pink Mist:

“The song left your lips
like rose-hip halva                   I heard the roar
and I exist          blood-kissed”

to the timely Amy, Amy (after Blake); the wonderful Stevie at the seaside: the true story which begins

“Actually, everyone heard him, the dead man,
But he wasn’t worth saving:
He was proud of his prowess at sport
And not drowning but waving”

to the haunting lines “There is no screaming in the hospice corridors” (Parking Problems) Greenwell never fails to deliver. It is a collection overflowing with energy and vibrancy.

Ringers is out now from Cinnamon Press

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2 thoughts on “Bill Greenwell’s Ringers”

  1. Wish I could have been at Bill’s launch of Ringers last Friday but I’m hearing from a multitude of people that it was a FANTASTIC event 🙂 To celebrate, I’ve been re-reading my copy of Ringers – what a sizzler of a collection. I was reading it on my recumbent bike last night and went an extra 10 kilometers (slight exaggeration…grin) xxx

  2. Bill’s launch was indeed a fantastic event: he was on his usual top form and the poems in Ringers are both humorous and very moving, both about dying and love and absence. The title poem Ringers is layers deep.

    Becky

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