Grace Note Publications, 2013. 135 pages.
Mark Spencer-Turner's poetry is bold. The first thing that strikes the reader is the challenging subject areas of which he composes his poetry: love between two individuals of the same gender in a language and culture that to a large extent possess no words or ways to convey these concepts. Though this is a challenge to some degree, unknowingly, the reader would think that this book of poetry is about any kind of love or relationship situation.
Ultimately, the poems in this book are about universal themes: loss, family, friends, connections, commonalities, place and more. It is through the art of his poetry that Mark brings us to feel these themes profoundly. In normal everyday activities, as can be found in his poem, 'El Camino', he makes us think of how profound the menial things that we do in our lives every day are.
Poet Laureate, Royal National Mod