Includes such gems as Norm, Triangle, In the Shed and Doodling.
I like the humour, retrospection, use of ordinary language and objects to suggest themes of greater scope.
Dr. Kate Davies, York University.
“With a menagerie in his head and a trove of curios in his shed Don Walls is a singular poetic talent whose zest for life is only fuelled by a world that frustrates, bewilders, and enchants him in equal measure. Weather giving chase to overlords or giving a voice to underdogs Don’s latest collection is often poignant, sometimes hilarious, and always life affirming.”
“Don Walls breaks down the barriers in his most revealing collection yet. For the first time, he feels at liberty to write candidly of his bipolar struggles; his son’s schizophrenia; his mistakes (‘there ought to be a Crufts for them,’ he muses); and his aging. His infamous garden shed must be as deceptively commodious as Doctor Who’s Tardis, as it now stores his impotence,; his gluttony; his manic depression; his pet hate; his imagination; his guilt; even a parallelogram. It is a fascinating and curious place, this shed, and so full at last that Don is keeping hens and a zebra in his head and a do-it-all helper under the stairs. Here is a world of light and shade, of mood swings, sunset fears, anarchic defiance and a Spike Milliganesque humour that reveals the real purpose of ears and chart’s life’s cycle through the changing state of our knees.”
Charles Hutchinson, The Press, York, Arts Critic
In the Shed is published by Deadgood Publications