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What is being
said about "LARKHILL"
Bill Westron, Western Magazine
"A stunning collection"
Martyn Halsall, Poetry Editor, Third Way. writes
"Jim Bennett is a generous poet and this collection is a small
library of open-
hearted experiences. Larkhill summarises the work of a writer
closely, and translates what he sees and feels into responses
amuse and extend our perceptions. Pithy, wry, witty and wise,
this is poetry
that embraces our world in all its paradoxical potential.
seasoned with questions; a nod at the familiar with a
recognition of pain
behind a brave smile. This magnetic poetry often contests the
working from a broad canvas to a telling detail, like a three
legged newt, a
squashed fly, or a staple’s rust-print on old papers. There is
delight of acute observation: ‘clambering clouds’, or birds that
are ‘just a flash
of pepper’ in sunlight. Such detail re-opens expansive topics,
re-appraisal. Children, sieving gravel for bullets, summarise
the aftermath of
war. An older couple, with their comfortable fantasies about
literature and fine
art, offer a deep reading about love and imagination. So, smile
at the clown in
the workplace, mourn with the bereaved mother, pause by the
and investigate the detective’s post-script. Jim Bennett writes
of ‘the new
world’, and also presents one, in all its intriguing promise."
Thomas Graham-Land editor Alsatia Review writes;
"I was pleased to see a new book of poetry from Jim Bennett, it
is always an
event and as usual full of unexpected twists and turns. There is
edge to his work which never crosses over into the melodramatic
but holds its
line and takes the reader to unexpected highs and lows. Jim is
writer, one of the few of his generation to carry the torch of
the wild lands of free verse and the abandonment of form and
show what can be achieved with words and lineation. This is a
which shows all his strengths. Perhaps the greatest of which is
his ability to
see the unique and wonderful in the mundane and ordinary. I
collection without reservation."
with Jim Bennett
What was said about "Down in Liverpool"
Hear Jim Bennett read some
of his best work on this fine studio album from
Long Neck Media. With a selection of songs and
poetry covering thirty years of an amazing
creative output. This is the definitive Jim
"...an authentic voice bringing the sound of
beat to Liverpool" -Trax
"Jim Bennett is
very much of that generation of Liverpool poets
who adopted the directness and spontaneity of
American beat writing and adapted it into a
peculiarly English - and Liverpudlian - mode of
Bateman, Transparent Words
"One of Jims
great strengths is his range. He reads a poem
which naughty boys all over the world would
repeat with glee ... and follows it with poems
bearing his soul, peeling off layer after layer
of feeling." -
Bill Melrose, Merseyside Arts.
"Jim is an experience, a really good life
affirming experience." -
John Ball, Nightshade
"The best performance
poet in Liverpool" he certainly is, in fact
he is one of the best in the country, "
"a genius who creates
unforgettable experience for the audience but
does it in a quiet and unassuming way."
"the very best of the
"he has to be
Is"... is unashamedly an anthem for a great
city written by someone who clearly loves
Liverpool and who has the talent to express that
love in a poem. "
poems read perfectly by a great poet,
who could ask for
Merseyside Arts Monthly
"A not to be missed
event. Jim's poetry and songs are witty, funny
and thought provoking." Ham
A CD of songs from the Dockland project.
This album should be available early in 2011.
More information soon.
'Sometimes, not all times, it's hard to
believe that any more musician poets can capture such a
captivating, sweet and trenchant sound, without vocal
aerobics or overtly political fetishes. One of the most
encouraging and collectable releases of 2011 - will be DOCKLAND,
produced by Skyline ; vocals and instrumentation by the
celebrated poet, Jim Bennett, is a gorgeous, languid
setting of melodious rivulets. Jim's lyrical messages will
appeal to everyone. Also, the poet's handling of
occasional cliché, or the echo of Dylanesque colour, show
that he is a talented exponent of the folk oeuvre.'