Planes Flying Over

Planes Flying Over

By Robert Etty

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-912524-70-9

Number of pages: 98

Poetry, English, Paperback, 135x210mm

Robert Etty’s poems first appeared in literary magazines in the 1980s. His last collection, Passing the Story Down the Line, was published by Shoestring Press in 2017. He lives in Lincolnshire.

‘With a purity of diction which is rare these days, Etty gives us the familiarity of the ordinary made strange to allow us to look again.’ – William Bedford, The High Window

‘His new collection, Passing the Story Down the Line, contains the sort of calm, wise, rueful poems that we have come to expect from Etty. His poems are aware of the passingness of all things. His is a mature late voice.’ – Rod Madocks, Litter

‘Country life [ … ] unromanticised, with the stink of the real about it [ … ]’ – Michael Laskey, The North

‘[Passing the Story Down the Line] has proved very good company, not only for the stories and humour, but for the way in which Etty can work with language to make it playful, and both sad and funny at the same time. It’s accessible in the best sense: human life, in its variety and unpredictability, explored through a consistent generosity of spirit and insight.’ – D A Prince, London Grip

on June 16th 1452
Nothing Happened

On May 27th 2019
the sky’s pale blue
with two vapour trails making a Y.
A man on a scaffold’s repointing the chimney.
He calls to a man with a dog and some milk,
who laughs and unlocks his car. The cat
on the window sill sneezes and blinks.
A boiler van slows outside, and the driver
checks numbers and moves further down.
It won’t be long, and something will happen.