The Taste of Glass — Clive Donovan

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A very varied and colourful collection. There are numerous poems about love, both personal and perhaps fictional. There is a strong awareness of the real world and Nature in all its varieties (not least in that very fine and unexpected poem 'The Roses of Heliogabalus'), but nevertheless it is the sense of a strong imagination at work that transforms the Real into Poetry that is so striking about this book. This is not another volume of careful observations that have been workshopped out of existence, but something altogether more wild and meaningful.

— Fred Beake

What I enjoy most about Clive's poetry is its capacity to surprise, to lull the reader into the promise of the familiar and then completely change their understanding, their expectations, their view of life itself. These are poems of nuance and feeling, tactile descriptions and human emotion, imagination and inventiveness.

— Robert Garnham

Author biography

Photo of Clive DonovanClive Donovan devotes himself full-time to poetry and has published in a wide variety of magazines including Acumen, Envoi, Fenland Poetry Journal, Neon Lit. Journal, Poetry Salzburg, Prole, Sentinel Lit. Quarterly and Stand. He lives in Totnes, Devon, U.K. quite close to the river Dart. His debut collection will be published by Leaf by Leaf in November 2021.