This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
by Jonathan Taylor
(Shoestring Press, £10)
“THERE is a wind-up Nostradamus/in your head. Just for tonight/let him wind down, shut curtains/on Cassandras crowding like triffids.”
Thus Jonathan Taylor in Teleology, one of the poems in his stunning new collection. Director of the MA in creative writing at the University of Leicester, he has a long-held interest in Cassandra, both in the ancient Greek myth and the closely connected psychological condition which he describes as the “I told you so” complex.
Using prophets and prophecies from the ancient, historical and mythological worlds, as well as looking at “Cassandras” today, the collection adopts many different voices and vantage points. They are structured in four movements which build together to form a symphony — a captivating experience.
Some of the most thought-provoking poems are about contemporary society, where capitalism fails to deliver but the never-ending promise is of better times to come. This “jam tomorrow” philosophy forces us to keep to a particular road, despite few believing the promise or the flashing danger signs ahead.
And there are poems where the prophecies are a retrospective makeover in the light of subsequent events and only proved true in hindsight.
Taylor thinks that this is maybe the fate of poetry as a whole, to be interpreted then later reinterpreted.
“Poets are often the kind of people who want to say: 'I told you so' to the future,” he says.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.