Another Time: Poems 1978-2023 brings together Gerald Dawe’s new collection of poems with an extended selection from his eight previous books published by The Gallery Press. In lucid and ironic meditations on personal life, love and loss amid the crises of public history, Another Time shares the unmistakable lyrical grace of the poet’s earlier volumes: ‘A supreme and calm assurance, again and again, pitch-perfect in tone and form’ (David Park).
The art of memory and the play of the past within an unfolding and often elusive present is never far away in this ample gathering. As Patrick Lodge remarked of Dawe’s The Last Peacock, ‘These poems are a joy to read. Concise, never wasteful of word nor emotion, they have heft that belies their brevity. They are intense and are alive in their telling craft — a craft which manifests itself in the careful assembly of sounds and pace within the poems.’