'The Same Slow Vow, Letting Go': Discovering Adrian Blamires
I have recently been highly impressed by two collections from Adrian Blamires who was born in Cornwall and now lives in Reading.
He is published by the marvellous independent publisher Two Rivers Press. The title of his first collection The Effect of Coastal Processes drew me like a magnet. For those of you who don't me, I'm a trained ecologist - a freshwater biologist who often gets mistaken as a marine biologist.
For me, scientific titles have their own measure and magic. The Physics of Blown Sand. The Topography of Lakes. Such titles allure by their promise of discovery, and Blamires achieves much within his book and within his second collection The Pang Valley (pictured).
As Carol Rumens commented in The Guardian on his first book, 'Blamires is most interested in the human condition' and that's so, but only to a point. I'd say Blamires is specifically electric in the act of observation - he can manage internal and external observation with a precision that is as surprising as it is revealing and unsettling.The Pang Valley is certainly an advance on his first collection but that's coming from a high starting point.
He also serves out intricate patterns and motifs that work across the length and breadth of each collection; there are lattices of thought, feeling and language which are wholly created rather than merely selected and presented. In some ways he reminds me of another very fine poet Terrence Tiller, in that he shapes an entire poem as a 'singing mesh' yet also creates a massive yet delicate architecture out of the book itself - the book as a poetic form in fact. I very much recommend the poetry of Adrian Blamires. Here is a poem taken from the Two Rivers website.