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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, February 17, 2007
    Nocturne in Chrome and Sunset Yellow
     
    In January I made no new year resolution and in February I signalled that my Lent intentions were going to be a bit contrary. But one thing I have enjoyed bringing into my routine, and hope to continue through 2007, is a poem a day. They're good for the soul. Or have been so far, all coming from Tobias Hill's recent collection Nocturne in Chrome and Sunset Yellow.

    To paint the sea really well, you have to look at it every hour in every day in the same place so that you can understand its ways in that particular spot.

    - Hill quotes Claude Monet in the frontispiece to his book: and informed by that sort of vision Hill's work is enthralling for me, with some wondrous attention to everyday detail as demonstrated in this first page* from his series A YEAR IN LONDON:



    [* which ends prematurely but that's all he's giving away online so that's all you get unless you buy the book...]