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“The Blue Tree”
“The Sisyphus Dog”
pamphlet collection –
Stephen Boyce lives in Dorset and works as an arts and heritage consultant.
He has been a prizewinner in a number of competitions including Kent & Sussex, Leicester, Ledbury, Ware Poets and the Plough Prize and his work has appeared widely in magazines including Magma, Staple, The Interpreter’s House, The Fenland Reed, Frogmore Papers, Smiths Knoll and several anthologies including The Tree Line, The Book of Love and Loss, Towards the Light, as well as online.
He is the author of three book-length poetry collections: The Blue Tree (Indigo Dreams, 2019), The Sisyphus Dog (Worple Press 2014), and Desire Lines (Arrowhead Press 2010); and two pamphlets In the Northland – poems after the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson (TegArt 2011) and Something Persists (TegArt 2014).
Stephen is co-founder of Winchester Poetry Festival and Winchester Poetry Prize.
Comment on The Blue Tree:
These poems are exquisitely crafted, woven together with subtle cadences, half rhymes, delicious details, unexpected similes. Yet beneath their elegance and grace lies a deeply felt humanity, a passion and gratitude for nature, landscape, enduring love, that is all the more profound for being understated and beautifully contained.
Comment on The Sisyphus Dog:
The poems of Stephen Boyce have an enviable assurance: clear, well crafted, and precise, they have an air of knowing where they are going, and invariably find their destination in an elegant closure. He is a master of the simple but telling phrase.
Comment on Desire Lines:
– intelligent, sophisticated and formally-assured – poems that are tender and evocative, passionate and wide-ranging. Highly visual, carefully detailed, and, like the ‘desire lines’ of the book’s title, these poems map and meander, always with a feel for the music of nature and a sense of the urgency of time’s passing.