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Geoffrey Winch is based in West Sussex, “Velocities and Drifts of Wind” is his sixth poetry collection.
Since 1992 Geoffrey Winch’s poetry has appeared regularly in journals and anthologies in the UK, US and online. Purple Patch magazine awarded him the accolade of ‘The UK’s Best Small Press Poet’ in 2011.
Poetry Collections by Geoffrey Winch
The Morning Light of Dusk (Feather Books, 2004)
Turns Along the Garden Path (Poetry Monthly Press, 2007)
Letting the Road-dust Settle (Indigo Dreams, 2009)
Alchemy of Vision (Indigo Dreams, 2014)
West Abutment Mirror Images (Original Plus, 2017)
Read more about Geoffrey Winch in this interview by Nnorom Azuonye
in Sentinel Literary Quarterly Journal: https://sentinelquarterly.com/Geoffrey-Winch-SLQ-Monday-Writer-14-September-2020.pdf
'Velocities and Drifts of Wind' is Geoffrey Winch’s most ambitious collection to date. Drawing inspiration from Keats’ Sleep and Poetry, the poems follow the winds of change through landscape, art and history to offer a quiet wisdom on the nature of things grounded in close, physical observation. Whether dealing with pebbled beaches, the rumbling sounds of a slow train or contemplating imaginative portraiture, the poems give the reader much to savour and enjoy.
Barry Smith (Director, South Downs Poetry Festival)
Via the time machine of poetry this poet visits scenes and personalities from the past. The poems are alert, sprightly, vivid. A vintage glass perfume bottle evokes a previous owner. Landscapes, paintings, family memories are studied: the poems have a supple and intent reach, the poet’s eye is clear and far-seeing. A lovely collection.
'Velocities and Drifts of Wind is a beautifully produced publication by Dempsey and Windle that does justice to the fine contents. Geoffrey Winch is a master of the short form and one of the delights of this book is the way there is such a variety of them. Here are haiku, tanka, haibun and cherita as well as sequences of these forms intermingled with poems in free verse or prose. Themes touch on history, time, love and loss, the sea, stone, fire, music and art. There is a sensitivity towards landscape and an awareness of place, a visionary sense of an ‘underpinning,’ of a ‘bass line,’ a message ‘clear beyond the end.’
Mandy Pannett (Full review in Sentinel Magazine, online and in print, August 2020)
"This beautiful collection was a joy to read. The delicately wrought descriptions, economy of language and craftsmanship of tanka, haibun and haiku are well demonstrated. I felt as if I had taken a journey around an art gallery when reading several of the poems. [...] I enjoyed reading this book very much and look forward to sharing it with other poets."
Denise Bennett (Full review in SOUTH 64, September 2021)