This Thing of Memory


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Kindle: £2.23

Paperback: £7.99

  • About

    This book is not about First World War Poets. Others may choose to revere them.
    Nor is it about mud, blood and poppycock, nor anything to do with Sassoon, Owen, Rosenberg, Gurney or Graves, except in commemoration.
    More than anything, I am not concerned with poets, or their war.
    My subject is the marking of the centenary and the way in which we experience it.
    All a poet can do today is remember.

    This Thing of Memory is a new volume of poems by David Hynes, examining the impact of the First World War; its imprint on our memory and conscience, both personal and collective, and the experience of the centenary commemorations: a unique event for each generation.

    The poems contained in this collection enact a subtle kind of magic, offering a fresh perspective at every turn. From the tragic to the humorous; the original to the vaguely familiar, these verses are as individual as the people reading them, and the people being remembered within their lines.

  • Product Details

    Format(s): Paperback and Kindle
    ISBN: 978-1-910603-01-7 (Paperback)
    ASIN: B00OHWSLSK (Kindle)
    Edition: 1st Edition
    Imprint: GWL Publishing
    Classification: Poetry
    Paperback Published: 11 November, 2014
    Kindle Published: 11 November, 2014
    No. of pages: 136pp

  • Review(s)

    Praise for This Thing of Memory:

    • …a significant achievement

      …a significant achievement

      This Thing of Memory is a significant achievement, one that will out-last the centenary commemorations. And that’s how it should be. These are poems of skill and lasting significance – only time will tell how lasting they will be. However, if there is any justice in the world, this collection and this poet will be remembered for a very long time indeed.
      Phil Carradice – Poet, Novelist and Historian.

    • Thoughtful and powerful

      Thoughtful and powerful

      …surprising and fresh imagery that seems to power page after page.
      …it’s the questioning which makes the writing better…
      …he has made me think about those dark times and how we express our ideas about them.
      B. Wilson – Amazon Review, 29 November, 2014.

    • Moving and thought provoking.

      Moving and thought provoking.

      …the poems linger in the memory long after reading.
      …required reading for any politician…
      …this collection is inspired
      Highly recommended.
      David Beckler – Amazon Review, 02 December, 2014.