The Sisyphus Dog
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: United Kingdom, 05 February 2014
By: Stephen Boyce
A long-awaited second collection of poetry that exlpores both public and domestic themes with great skill, sensitivity and accessibility. Memory, the powers of art and the limits and responsibilities of 'free expression' are themes explored with rigour and humanity.About the AuthorStephen Boyce lives in Hampshire and works as an advisor to arts and heritage bodies. His poems have appeared in Magma, Staple, The Interpreter's House, Frogmore Papers, Smiths Knoll, Tears in the Fence, Ink, Sweat Tears, Acumen and other journals, as well as in various anthologies. He has been a prizewinner in the Kent Sussex, Leicester, Ledbury, Ware Poets and Plough Prize competitions. His collection Desire Lines (Arrowhead Press 2010) was described by Katherine Gallagher as intelligent, sophisticated, formally assured - a truly exciting new voice . He is a trustee of Winchester Poetry Festival. Website: stephenboycepoetry.co.uk.Reviews The poems of Stephen Boyce have an enviable assurance: clear, well-crafted and precise, they have an air of knowing where they are going, and invariably find their destination in an elegant closure. He is a master of the simple but telling phrase. - Roger Caldwell In time of war, a woman 'darns to the ticking of clocks'. In peace, a child sees through a telescope 'all the life I ever wanted'. The music of Stephen Boyce's brief, intense poems quietly reveals both pain and joy, 'in the comfort of remembered song'. - Alison Brackenbury Stephen Boyce is the master of surprising similes: carriages 'jolting like the lurch of camels', the hole in a sock 'like a tonsured head', a face 'red as a pomegranate flower'. Written with considerable poetic skill and emotional warmth, his perceptive cameos of lives, nature and art are finely-tuned. The Sisyphus Dog augments Stephen Boyce's rapidly growing reputation admirably. - Robyn Bolam