Poems by Terry Yates
It is in our moments of sensitive awareness that we are close to the important things in life, and poems are one means of reporting on and responding to this understanding.
There is mystery in the way understanding is revealed through poetry, such that without it ‘the light in this place fits to stay poor/when mystery is unrequested.’
This seems to define the position of New South Wales poet, Terry Yates in his new book (to arrive), published to celebrate his 50 years of writing poems.
Drawing from varied poetic forms woven into shape by alert choices in language, Terry’s poems provide a habitat where incisive thought confers with openheartedness.
(to arrive) has a couple of surprises: colour images carry a narrative that tips its wings to The Little Prince, using items made from a ‘Tabletop Museum’. And in ‘Dear Dear’, Terry has recruited years of personal correspondence to make a collage consisting of the salutation ‘Dear’ in the one-hundred-plus senders’ handwriting.
(to arrive) is Terry’s third book of poems after Tell the Black Water (2005) and The Peacemaker’s Lamp (2020).
NB: The audio below is not included with the Book, simply there for your listening pleasure.