A scientist by training, Mantz Yorke brings to his poetry a distinctively forensic, visual sensibility in which emotion is never far away.
His first collection, 'Voyager', is the fruit of many years' writing and successfully submitting his poems to journals and anthologies, local, national and international. The vivid, carefully crafted poems in this book have been extensively published in journals and anthologies. Mantz Yorke’s poems have also gained prizes and commendations in a number of competitions.
The reader voyages with him over forbidding landscapes and dangerous seas and finds themselves launched into the vastness of space. He brings to his emotive narratives a distinctively personal sensibility. He has climbed these treacherous slopes, trekked these harsh landscapes, sailed these stormy seas, and in these poems we are with him. With him we feel the slippery scree underfoot as we descend from the mountaintop, and see:
dangles its grubby paw over Argentière, its teeth,
so white from afar, plaqued tobacco-ish brown –
a shabby snow-tiger beautied only by azure
crevasses almost indigo-deep.’ (Glacier d’Argentière)
The strength of these poems lies in the richness of their historical and geographical references, their accessibility, their vivid soundscapes and their multi-layered meanings.
Cathy Bryant, writer, editor and reviewer, comments:
“... a polished, technically accomplished work that leaves the reader profoundly moved ...The reader travels in from space to explore Earth – the ‘pendant sapphire besmirched by ochre, green and whorls of cloud’ that is our home – then swings away to take a last look back.
Reading ‘Voyager’ is rather like being guided by someone who can find the right words to describe a space shuttle’s disintegration, the first triumph of a young bodyboarder, the terrifying ascent of a fin of rock in Utah, and a meditation under Colorado’s starry sky. This wide-ranging collection, folding history and science into poetry, is a remarkable achievement which has the reach to speak across both time and space. I want this book to survive, for it tells those who follow us about the past and hints at what the future may hold.”
Voyager by Mantz Yorke
published February 2nd 2020
Perfect bound paperback
150 x 210mm
Published 1st March 2020