Passing the Story Down the Line

Passing the Story Down the Line

By Rob Etty

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-910323-79-3

135mmx210mm, paperback, 106pp

Robert Etty’s last collection, A Hook in the Milk Shed, was published by Shoestring Press in 2013. His poems have appeared in a wide range of literary publications. He was born in Lincolnshire, where he still lives.

‘His poems are both highly individual and instantly recognisable:
One morning last week he watched robins square up.
He tells it as if it were all of life.’ – The Frogmore Papers

‘Etty celebrates the importance of the particular and acknowledges how time may alter things…’ – South


Four Bridges Road has a bridge too few –
unless, on a map no one bothered to keep,
a watercourse bridged by the road was marked (Piped)
and it’s crossed a hundred times a day by tractors,
lost plumbers, mothers with troubles, and pheasants
indulging a death-wish. That was the other side,
this is this, and neither’s been letting on.
It’s one of those roads that take you the distance
under false pretences. You count three bridges
over three streams to the sign at the end
that points out you shouldn’t be certain.

Read the London Grip review here.