The Blackstock Children (Denis Stokes) ISBN: 978-1-990822-12-4
Another poem collection from Denis Stokes, a poet that surprises at every turn.
The poems involve an engagement between Canada and Ireland/England/Scotland/Wales.
Part One involves family background, first experiences.
Part Two is a meditation on child poverty through the fictionalized imagining of the writing of the Christmas Carol. It is a protest poem about the lack of effort directed towards Campaign 2000, addressed to Dickens's son (and us, the inheritors of a social vision...alas).
Part Three involves the loss of the poet's brother-in-law and good friend, Henry Crealey.
Part Four goes deeper into present relationships and spiritual explorations.
Enjoy, reflect, and spread the word.