Reading “Manhandling the Deity”

Manhandling the Deity by John F. Deane reminds me of ballads and bards. It has a feeling of old style oral tales and a sense of community. My favourite pieces are Fantasy in White; From A Far Country; and Seafarer. This is a lovely collection that opens up the more of it that you read. Some of the rhymes feel sing-song which breaks the tension of otherwise very powerful poems. Some are a little blunt and heavy but most of the language is delicate and well balanced. It’s definitely one that I will continue to re-read.

We reach our hands in supplication;
ours the posture of ignorant attending,

the forked, the fists
flung out in surrender.

– Between Clay and Cloud III


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