Stepping Over Seasons

Ashley’s second poetry collection (54pgs), Stepping Over Seasons, is available from Interactive Publications now, along with Amazon and a wide range of other sources!

stepping over seasons cover

Jump to IP to have a look, and below are a couple of samples from the collection:.

royal on the park

at the hotel pool
reflections in chequered blue,
the fat boy circles
chairs
and at last disrobes,
each gesture a hip or an ankle

conscious of people in apartments
across the street
in a kind of rear window
montage:

a man opens a window
grunt riding
beads of sweat down his chin

a woman kicks thongs off
on the balcony her radio
stutters
a couple stare across the city,
letting go of whatever’s
between them

and the boy
hovers in the deep end,
surrounded
by frangipanis.

.
farm

dawn comes like someone embarrassed
to bring bad news, sunlight
very soft on weatherboard.

in the horse’s mouth even straw sleeps
and the earth holds perfume,
memory of rain on pine needles.

hills are bone-grey and a cold hand
massages the empty river, no prayers
swim this belly of dust,
no whispers to quicken fruit.

night looks down in a shower of moth wings,
headlights turn powerlines into silver webs
and cheeks go unshaven.

.

Reviews

When you read Capes’ work, a distinctive style becomes quickly apparent; he has an ability to form a poem around a seemingly ordinary object. As Justin Lowe writes on the back cover, ‘You sense you could point to any object in a room and Capes would conjure the ghosts of a hundred pairs of hands’. Capes creates a vivid image of an object and the reader is treated to a reconsideration. This object could be small, like the wedding ring in ‘other objects’, or an entire house, as in ‘shell’, once filled with life and memories, the house is left empty:

___our house is a shell again,
___not precious
___and beach-like, just
___a knock for someone else to answer

Mark William Jackson – Overland

Characteristically Capes exemplifies an acceptance of the whole of life, of his own humility – toughly, zestfully, serenely.  In the first part of the two-part poem “botanic,” he writes about the park “full of photographers”  and also full of readers, ibis, people and a “Chinese couple / posing for wedding photos.”  But beyond this tranquil scene lies the city with its sirens, streets humming with threats and the casino.  His equity is in simply being alive to the sights and sounds that surround him.

Patricia Prime

Capes’ work is distinguished by its searing honesty, uncharacteristic of much contemporary Australian poetry, or any modern poetry for that matter, touching on themes of love, loss, death, marriage, struggles of living in rural Australia and the placement of the poet in the modern world.

Robbie Coburn – Rochford Street Review

Stepping Over Seasons continues to resonate with me. Just in writing this review I experience that aha! moment again as I pluck out quotes … Capes I find to be a keen observer and communicator with his poetry, it’s some of the most enjoyable free verse I have read.

Sean Wright – Adventures of a Bookonaut

Available from:

Interactive Publications
Interactive Publications – mobi/epub
Amazon
Booktopia
Collected Works Bookshop
Fishpond
Gleebooks
Send me an e-mail: mountain0ash[at]gmail[dot]com

19 thoughts on “Stepping Over Seasons

  1. Hi Ashley. I have your book ‘Stepping over seasons’ in my hand (having half read it and will continue) and love it. Particularly love Slow Moon – so cool! but it is all good (as they say in modern parlance). Good one. Review to follow – ha,ha (maybe on the blog).

    • hi Gabrielle! That’s fantastic news, thank you!!! Very happy to hear that you’re enjoying it – and especially that ‘slow moon’ struck you (it was almost almost the title at one stage) And I would love to hear your thoughts on the rest too!

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