Magazine article The Spectator

P. J. Kavanagh

Magazine article The Spectator

P. J. Kavanagh

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This year the great excitement for me, bookwise, is that the American poet Peter Kane Dufault has at last found an English publisher - Looking in All Directions, (Worple Press, L10). I have been a fan for years and find my praise of him quoted on the cover - 'A nature poet for grown ups', which is what he is. Ted Hughes was also a fan - `so nimble and delicate'. He has gone on for years, resolutely being good in a way considered unfashionable, which perhaps is the case no longer.

There has been bluff editorial comment in this magazine concerning 'rhyme', 'metre', suggestive of nostalgia for the hymnody, so here is a short example of PKD in which rhyme (or half-rhyme) and cunning line-breaks are the armature on which the cadences hang, though Hymns Ancient and Modern it ain't - More Snow Falling':

One white hush the whole day. …

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