Into the Walled Garden contains ten years worth of prize winning poetry…ten years worth of work both published and unpublished, collected together for the very first time (warts and all).
The prize winning poem Into the Walled Garden first appeared in an anthology called Dress of Nettles, published by Ragged Raven Press.
Writing in Cold Mountain Review in 2005, J D Ballam wrote:
…...If there is a single theme dominating the book, and it is certainly not ever-present, then it is of one of reminiscence.
…there is…almost always a sense of pleasure in the telling of a tale…however painful the recollection of the circumstances contained in that tale may be.
…it is a situation frequently repeated in Dress of Nettles, yet its unending diversity, its self-generating pace, keep it from ever becoming cloying or repetitive. Compare, for instance, the sensitivity of Clive Gilson's evocative Into the Walled Garden, which explores the loneliness of old age through the endless tasks of a gardener (with) Pat Earnshaw's poignant reworking of childhood's limited understanding of pride and frustrated dreams in In My Next Life I'll Have a Big House and Dogs and Music.
The pieces in this anthology are written very much on a human scale, with values and attainments shared in appreciation of the wider community.
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