Somewhere Else is Don Walls 6th book of poetry all of which continue to be in demand. Somewhere Else is a “search for affinities drawing the poet beyond the ‘swirl of grief’ brought about by the death of his beloved son, to a Somewhere Else in which ‘an affinity ineffable’ bridges the divides of time, place, gender, species, even matter itself. However, these poems are not only animated by visions of sympathy – conciliatory, consolatory – they also burn with rage at those who deny affinity; for the ‘abstractions’ used by statesmen to obscure the ‘personal crime’ of war; even the poet’s own retreat from sympathy under the relentless barrage of another’s troubles.
They are alive not only with sorrow and ferocity, but with warmth and whimsy; alienation and connection. As the poet investigates sites of affinity, great and small-from wolves to robins, ice caps to pools, Termossos to Clifton Ings – he also explores a medley of poetic voices: from blunt truth-teller to anxious self-questioner; disorientated wanderer in the landscapes of memory; to capering wit, piloting a flying dog and beckoning the reader away from cares.”
Dr Michael Shallcross, Durham University
Don Walls is “That deep voice, wise and witty, urbane and erudite, willing to shock yet evoking the laughter that comes from recognised truth.”
John Gilham, Contributions Editor, Dream Catcher Magazine.
The Author’s proceeds are donated to the St Leonard’s Hospice.