The Days Run Away
by Robert Currie
A series of narrative poems in which Currie examines the moments that make up every ordinary, extraordinary life.
The spotlight is turned on the single events, the chance interactions, the moments that, in their ordinariness, are turning points masquerading as the everyday.
In this sublime collection, the ‘eternal’ boyhood of setting traps, making dens, reading Hardy Boys, spying on girls, worshipping cowboys, and playing hockey with frozen horse dung pucks gives way to sharp lessons about becoming a man – and to even harder ones about the coming of old age and infirmity. The world created in these poems allows us to feel, deeply, the sense of what is lost in adulthood and old age. This is not limited to the concrete – happy marriages, reliable health, friends, family – but tackles also the intense frustration of the loss of words, and of one’s voice in the music of life itself.
Sometimes mischievous, always commanding, and often heartbreaking, The Days Run Away is the human condition, handled in the unflinching yet compassionate words of a master poet.