Book Review. Staring Directly at the Eclipse by Henry Normal.

The Questions They Don’t Ask on the Census 

Hands up anyone 
Who is lonely 
Or has ever felt loneliness?

Anyone who finds a mirror the hardest place to look
Or lowers their eyes when they meet someone?
Anyone who aches without knowing what for?
Anyone afraid of being found wanting?

There’s a reflective quality in these poems by Henry Normal, giving the reader a personal insight into family life in poems such as I’m not Belittled by your Culture of Ambition, Uncomfortably Positive and A View to Die For. Whereas poems Skin and A Gift take something out of its usual context and put a more surreal spin onto them. If Signatures Reflect Personality and The Joy of Frogs are poems that have those germs of an idea that can create the most delightful poems from the simplest of inspiration.

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