Gestures at the Dark

The Age of Revolution and Other Poems by Hal G.P. Colebatch Wagtail 113, Picaro Press, 2011. (Issues of Wagtail are available from Picaro Press,, by annual subscription or singly.) The traditional “slim volume” cannot get much slimmer than Hal Colebatch’s The Age of Revolution and Other Poems, which first appeared in 2011. However, all these twenty poems are eminently worth reading and keeping, as a representative sample of the themes of Colebatch’s poetry—principally a sense of place, a robust defence of conservative values, and an understanding of the human condition. They include word pictures that vividly capture moments in…

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