Tilting at Time by Gregory Tome
This is a rich collection from a very accomplished poet. Few can have their head in the clouds at the same time as having their feet on the ground, and Greg Tome is one of the few.
About Tilting at Time
This is a rich collection from a very accomplished poet. The richness comes from the range of topics, the breadth of treatments, and the author’s experience, imagination, powers of observation and wit. There is never a dull moment as we read of adventures, philosophy, nature, religion, fantasy, love and lust. Few can have their head in the clouds at the same time as having their feet on the ground, and Greg Tome is one of the few.
In this collection, Greg Tome’s eyes are everywhere, playfully or ruminatively considering much that is revealed to the observant poet. His poems survey the grace of human attachment, the remarkable beauty of the everyday world as well as its unexpected terrors, drawing the reader’s attention to the richly imaginative prospect that this poet variously shares. Tome’s dextrous management of the language in these poems stylistically suggests the pace of an inner life that embraces and rejoices in the range of sensitivity that is life. The reader of this work will inevitably savour the wonder of living found in this writer’s quirky, always questioning vision.
Tilting at Time offers a vivacious yet emphatic rendering of the minutiae of Australian life. Greg muses on the human condition and its relationship to the specific places and temporal spaces we find ourselves in. In the very first poem, our poet expresses his wish for, ‘words that …. shine light into hidden crevices, expose fires.’ It is in his own collection that we find exactly that.
Greg Tome was a secondary school teacher who resumed writing poetry seriously when he retired. He is an active member of the Southern Highlands branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. This is his second book of poetry to be published. His poetry has won prizes or commendations in a number of competitions. He has also written sixteen ten-minute plays that have been performed in Crash Test competitions held in Bundanoon under the auspices of Melting Pot Theatre.
Recently, his poem, Lone Tree Silhouette, was included in the anthology, Wild, which was subsequently accepted into the National Poetry Library, London.
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Posted on November 29, 2019