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Trevor Hayes’s excellent Two Lagoons – a wee review and a poem

 

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Two Lagoons, Trevor Hayes, Seraph Press, 2017

 

‘I have invented

myself this morning.

 

These lines

I have not imagined.’

 

from ‘Ash Song’

 

Trevor Haye’s Two Lagoons offers various resonant pools to sink into—forgive the pun, I rather like the idea of a poem as lagoon—and then establishes myriad links between. There is a here to there shimmer; from the South Island’s West Coast to South America; from a lived world, physically detailed and sensually lifted, to abstract movements, imaginings, sidesteps. The poems – there are 12 – are like surprise pockets: luminous with fizzing alchemy, grace, agility and rich layerings.  The placement of this next to that, of the 19 letters in the mailbox alongside the milkman’s history, of the ‘trickery of phrasal verbs’ next to ‘the benefits of good manners’ is akin to sparks on the line. It’s a delight to read and I look forward to the next book.

 

Going Nowhere

 

I pack my suitcase lightly.

I have a toothbrush and floss,

as even nowhere is better

 

with healthy gums. I have some

reading material: a guide

to the extinct flora and fauna

 

and a book that translates silence.

I intend to visit the empty museums

and the vacant parking lots.

 

I’ll be able to take photos of nothing

but the wind. It seems unlikely

I will meet anybody there, as recent

 

political developments and negative

coverage by news media have discouraged

the travelling public.

 

©Trevor Hayes from Two Lagoons

 

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Photo by Richard Arlidge
​Trevor Hayes has an MA in creative writing and a BA in Spanish and English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington. In his adventures around the world he has taught English in Spain, been a gardener in Ireland, a store-man in Australia and a grill chef in the USA. He now lives near Punakaiki on the West Coast.