CAFFERTY'S TRUCK by Robin Thomas
The critics on Robin Thomas' other books:
Michael Loveday on Momentary Turmoil (Cinnamon 2018):
The book is a rich, sustaining feast … a restless urge for experimentation … his interest in questions of aesthetics … his twin capacity to be removed and involved, dispassionate and sensitive … mischievous, absurdist streak …
Thomas writes intelligent poetry that balances challenge, accessibility, and imaginative risk. His engagement with history, culture, and the history of culture broadens the material in this book to a degree that is, in a debut, both unusual and welcome.
D.A. Prince on ‘Movables’ in A Fury of Yellow (Eyewear 2016)
Furniture can’t speak but it holds involuntary associations and memories. That’s where Robin Thomas takes us. It’s a rich stream of consciousness, running through teenage angst, school homework, a teacher’s sarcasm, the voice of Dad calling him down to dinner, a girlfriend. Thoughts and voices, simultaneously jumbled and logical, jostle underneath the surface of the opening line. It’s a lifetime’s chatter, from then to now, sketched in — because that’s how memory works. Ordinary life is rich, full, complicated and bound into the present. Robin Thomas, in this textured poem, shows how.
Robin Thomas completed the MA in Writing Poetry at Kingston University in 2012. He has had poems published in Agenda, Envoi, Orbis, Brittle Star, Poetry Salzburg, Poetry Scotland, Pennine Platform, The High Window, South, Stand, Rialto, The Interpreters House and North. He has been shortlisted for the Buzzwords, Bridport and Bath Poetry Café prizes and is represented in the Stanley Spencer anthology published by Two Rivers Press in 2017. His pamphlet, A Fury of Yellow, was published by Eyewear in November, 2016. His collections Momentary Turmoil and A Distant Hum were published by Cinnamon in March 2018 and March 2021 respectively.