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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.
Cafferty's truck is every one-man transport concern that survives precariously in any provincial British community. Byrne is the future, heedless and thrusting in his shiny new van. They're not in competition — Byrne would laugh if such a word were used to describe his own relationship with Cafferty and Cafferty's truck.
Susan Utting on 'Cafferty's Truck':
"Subtlety is a feature of the writing. Poems not seeming to be about Cafferty’s truck become relevant to its progress, or lack of it.
Nowhere is Cafferty described; he doesn’t speak. How is it that we feel we know and love him and are rooting for him to keep going? It’s a tour de force."
Wendy Klein on Cafferty's Truck:
"nuanced, sophisticated, with shadings of the allegorical!"
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.
'Cafferty's Truck' by Robin Thomas
Published 1st July 2021
Paperback, 20 x 12.5cm
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