REVIEW by Vicky MacKenzie

NWR Issue 105

Winter Moorings

by Andrew McNeillie

Andrew McNeillie is founder of Clutag Press and literary magazine Archipelago, one of the finest small press magazines to appear in recent years. He is also Professor of English at the University of Exeter where he set up the MA in Writing, Nature and Place, a course which captures his presiding passions. Winter Moorings, McNeillie’s sixth collection, is flooded with imagery of the sea, but the real subject matter is time passing, memory and loss. Indeed, surveying the titles of McNeillie’s previous collections it’s evident that these themes are a constant inspiration: Nevermore (2000), Now, Then (2002), Slower (2006), In Mortal Memory (2009) and Losers Keepers (2011).

‘Place’ is a trendy word these days, but McNeillie’s dedication to landscape, seascape, weather, ecosystem, rock formation and climate, is a sincere and all-pervading part of who he is and how he lives his life (if one can judge such things from poetry)...

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