John Keats, the 19th century poet, wrote, ‘Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance.’
Such is this collection of poems by Geoffrey Copley, soon be available from Bannister Books, and titled ‘A Random Walk’. Composed over a period of almost forty years, Geoff’s poems reflect his own life, lived beyond his professional career as a highly successful research scientist. He writes for pleasure, revealing his keenly observed echoes of the world around him. His poems display rare skill and sensitivity, and an ability to describe what he sees and what it means. To do so in such enjoyable verse, is a great gift.
The work has impressed all three of Derbyshire’s most recent Poets Laureate:
“Geoffrey Copley’s passion for the countryside shines through the poems in this collection. Through all weathers, seasons, moods and landscapes, he stops to draw our attention to the fine details of the natural world, leaving us with a strong sense of the previous generations who walked these same paths and helped to make our landscape so meaningful and memorable.” Derbyshire Poets Laureate, Matt Black, River Wolton and Cathy Grindrod
And others have commented:
“Here speaks that unusual beast – the scientist and the poet.”
“These poems are a celebration of the joys of life. They will warm the heart of all who read them.”