John Saunders (2013)
Paperback, ISBN 978-0-9574661-7-3
Chance is a collection of 69 contemporary pieces from Irish poet, John Saunders. Reviewing the work of Saunders in Southword, Jennifer Matthews writes: “Saunders at the height of his talent is able to convey a crucial message with urgent poetic lines.”
John Saunders has published over one hundred poems in Irish, British and American journals and magazines. His work has appeared in such publications as Revival, The Moth Magazine, Prairie Schooner Literary Journal, The Smoking Poet and The Weary Blues. John was also featured in The New Binary Press Anthology of Poetry: Volume I.
“John Saunders writes in Chance of ‘secrets’ among ‘the shadow of waste’ with a formal control and fortitude. There are poems here which share a sympathy with the past, its scars and with people who ‘know that tears are only the indulgence / of those who haven’t suffered enough.’ Saunders’ poems ‘stand against the pull of the undertow’ with a moral integrity and an authority all his own.”
– Paul Perry
From the collection:
He wanted me to show
where you could
as if the rush of water
would wash up an answer
or your bare foot-prints
offer an impression.
Only the reeds clumped
against the bank
made a sound,
spoke in whispers,
shared their secret
with the wind
that blew down river
and sang your absence.
For Mick Waddell
We needed someone to follow
and he came from a different direction,
brought his history of overcoming,
red banners unfurled,
marching across a changing world.
The price of everything changes on demand.
We met where the curves intersected
and equilibrium was achieved.
Now the rising graph has plateaued,
uncertainty is banished.
The revolution is not won yet,
we’re calling the call to arms.
Someone says times have changed
and only the truth will survive.
We are waiting for further news
of justice and reconciliation.
Perhaps, there will be rehabilitation,
children at peace with their present lives.