Villon in Millerton
Villon in Millerton is an impressive collection, the sixth by Christchurch-based poet James Norcliffe, which presents vivid lyrics anchored by three sequences.
The title sequence imagines a fifteenth-century French poet, Francois Villon, fetching up in the isolated and deserted West Coast town of Millerton; another sequence brilliantly evokes the mysteries of the Indian rope trick; while a concluding group focuses on the contradictory character of the nineteenth-century missionary Samuel Marsden.
The range of subjects – from the red admiral butterfly to the attack on Baghdad – and tones – from meditation to satire – along with the poet’s acute ear and sharp eye make this book always unexpected and illuminating.
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Norcliffe is full of delightful surprises and striking imagery. – Peter Dornauf, Waikato Times