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Rudyard Fearon : Criticism and Comments


Criticism and Comments


"I had the privilege of writing the foreword for Fearon's first book, /Spin /(2004) but only the resolute reward of reading his just-released second book, /Noise in My Mind/ (2008). It is available from www.rudyard.com . Fearon is fiercely succinct. Most of his poems feel like haiku and look like biblical proverbs. He doesn't so much write as express a philosophical perspective as pithily as possible.
A characteristic piece, Shriek, is sheer imagism: "The blackbirds shriek - / freeee! / And soar up / into the cotton clouds."
Nevertheless, it's the love poems that feel most real: "Last night / in your arms / I was a flower -/ now withered / in the morning sun."
Similarly strong are the "dialect" poems penned in Jamaican English, which discuss street life in Hogtown.
Fearon does what Obama does: use poetry to spur thought (and action). To say that the poet's words are simple does not imply that they are not ample."

                     —George Elliott Clarke The Chronicle Herald, March 2008



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