Published: 01/01/2013
ISBN: 9781780884110
Format: Paperback

This book of poems is for both young and old to enjoy, to reflect upon, and to share the poet’s experience of life. His first narrative poem should be in every primary school classroom. To be read aloud and used as a basis for drama. It captures long forgotten memories and echoes of fearful delight when reading ancient fairy stories by the Brothers Grimm. In the “Seasons of the Year” he brings to life the unending joy and rhythm of nature, whilst “Memories” tells of the freedom of youth to explore the world. Anyone who has spent endless hours in airports will love “Trans Atlantic” which illustrates the frustration of modern travel. “Perfect Planning” is a perfect modern day story with a nice twist at the end. “Afterword” harks back to the author’s interest in classical literature and his original books of poetry (Conversations with a Muse and A Miscellany of Muses). I recommend this book to all those who love story telling. – J. Towe B.Ed.Hons. more

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Derek Malpass spent most of his professional life working in the field of international education. He taught and administered in several European countries and was called upon to visit schools world-... read more

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A collection of poems of varied subject matter and style that should appeal to a wide readership.

Atmospheric are the poems,
You will find within this book,
Full of action, full of humour,
They are surely worth a look!

As for ghosts and wolves and castles,
Herein they all do play their part
High adventure, low down cunning,
Enough to move the hardest heart

Did you know that time is static,
Never coming, never gone?
Here is food for much reflection,
Here is much to ponder on.

Enjoy the seasons, ride the jet-stream,
Relive the golden years of youth,
Are these stories mere inventions
Or do they hold some grains of truth?

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Review comments for Conversations with a Muse.

There is something here for everyone. Some poems are amusing (I laughed out loud at a few),others are disturbing, most are witty and thoughtful. the whole sequence of "Conversations" is clever and funny.

Reading groups don't as a rule choose poetry but this would be a good choice because of the variety in style, mood and subject.

Edna Price.

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