Much Possessed by John Foggin
Much Possessed is informed by the truths and illusions of story, by the fictions of history and by the purposes of true naming. From the Fall of Man to the fall of a boy, these poems concern themselves with vulnerabilities and resilience – of the natural world, its creatures and its people – and the need for a kind of faith in the face of their fragility.
‘....these vivid, crafted, and humane poems are wise and witty, grounded in compassion’
– Steve Ely, on ‘Outlaws and fallen angels’
'This poet knows how to guide the reader through a poem by using clear diction and transparent rhetorical
design; yet the poems often touch on the mysterious. A sensitivity to natural life results in the ego
becoming secondary to the wondrous details of the experiential world.'
'Tumbling sentences, finely-drawn observations of landscape, people and animals and tender elegies - all written with a generosity and confidence that ensure these poems sing in your mind long after you finish reading them'
– Kim Moore