11 October 2014

Richard Selby's review of 'Come What May' - Poems "from a beautiful mind, and also a tough mind".

Henry Disney's collection of poems "Come What May", weave together the myriad threads of a life-time's experiences into a richly coloured tapestry. And you will surely disagree with him, as I have, when he describes his work as, "stumbling verse" - AWE: page 26 and "faltering rhyme" - CELEBRATION: page 48. It is certainly not either of these things. Henry hacks away at the brambles of what he sees as a corrupt and corrupting world, to allow the light of some higher hope to sparkle on the clearing ground. Life is in the blood - The Bible: Leviticus chapter 17 verse 11, thus Henry is very sanguine about the risks of living out a human span without the gift of life from God. The nation needs to know the truth, he seems to be saying. When we have put down our daily papers, Henry seeks to offer us the truth between the lines and picks up his pen to fill his empty pages with mildly waspish words, withal the headline - The Emperor Has No Clothes!"

'Richard Selby works with children who have special needs in Bury St Edmunds'