Vision Mixer, Duncan Forbes’s fifth collection, presents a lively mixture of sights and insights. From the colourful cover to a core of poems concerned with his father and that ultimate mixer of visions, alias God.
The poems in the collection explore a wide range of themes, forms, freedoms and responsibilities. Their moods vary therefore, from entertainingly light verses to seriously questioning meditations. Above all, Forbes’s poetry remains richly human and humane. Albert Einstein is invoked, Sit John Betjeman turns in his grave. There are poems here which are tenderly elegiac and sharply provocative alongside his exuberantly comic turns. He also contemplates the natural world with a wry intensity and in each of these poems he commemorates our fragile mortality together with its quest for significance beyond signs.