Departure Lounge returns to the theme of mortality with characteristic insight and honesty. Concerned not only with how we characterise and cope with death, but with a sense of urgency for all that is being lost, culturally or ecologically, this is deeply intelligent collection. Accessible, yet exacting; lyrical, but without a wasted word, these poems unspool in single, unassailable sentences that ring with truth.
I like their funeral director style,
their smart can-do with a touch of violence
as they swoop to the lawn for crusts
they only know what they need to know
and were you dead they'd fly down, too,
sizing you up, folding themselves
like black umbrellas
while they strode around.