Voluntary, Adam Thorpe’s sixth volume of poetry, has just been published. The poems demonstrate a fine ear for musical cadence, with a delight in all the possible variations of rhyme. The themes range widely. The poet excavates a variety of common human experiences, often to find a sense of unexpected connection and ecological belonging. Finely wrought, many of these poems affirm a conservationist ethic, revealing our place in the passage of history, the continuum of Nature, the here and now.

Adam Thorpe writes: “When I was unhappy at boarding school (my parents living in Africa), I sought escape ...


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