2 Abyssophone by Peter Redgrove, Stride pounds 6.95. The title is glossed as "any instrument for tuning into a wider and deeper reality than is ordinarily accepted" - shells, sand-dunes, "psychoactive" perfumes or "any other mesmeric enabling device". Redgrove's polymorphous animism is wildly variable in quality, sometimes stunning, sometimes just a device for churning out not very mesmeric connections between disparate things and events. Here the familiar lexicon - cats, electricity, thunderstorms, waterfalls, dreams, spiders, women, perfumes - is a "thick sweet sauce" he can mix at will and spread as balm for the psyche, rather like Yeats and his mythopoeic draught of bitters. All enlivened, as ever, by the "taste of salt cosmos/And pure essence of mermaid, very fishy".
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