and Campanula Books
Mica – a glittering fireproof mineral, hand-picked crumbs of poetic matter.
Video of Michael Vince reading from Long Distance
The poems in Long Distance combine ideas of the
sense of distance which exists between past and present,
between separate lives in geographically separate places,
and between people in relationships. People may live
in different places but be linked together or live in the
same place and be parted by their feelings or their
experience. The main settings are a London suburb and
contemporary Greece, but also include the New Forest
and Anglo-Saxon England. The section ‘Camberwell’
concentrates on the suburb, and a variety of ways in which connecting with
the past can make such a place a home, by re-imagining people and events
which exist as recoverable sub-strata. Other poems broaden these themes. A
set of love poems, ‘Long Distance’, is placed in a real contemporary world, but
one woven with threads of myth and their presence in personal relationships.
‘Bookland’, another group of poems, explores the continuing meaning created
by events, objects or places. Finally, the complexity of the various themes is
contrasted in ‘The Ordinary’ by simple everyday experiences. In our new
condition of ‘social distancing’ these poems explore ways in which we are more
connected than we might imagine, to the past, to the imagined present, and
to other versions of life.
“Vince’s poems are filled with lovely resonant images …. [his] eye for
telling detail brings that world alive ….
Vince’s music is quiet and unassertive, yet always real, its rhythms
constrained and buoying the lines....”
– Ian Pople,
reviewing Michael Vince's previous collection, Plain Text, (Mica Press, 2015) in The North.