The Wreck of the Fathership is the seventh poetry collection from W.N. Herbert. Herbert was Dundee’s inaugural Makar from 2013-2018. This collection has its roots firmly in Dundee, but calls upon themes, techniques and artists the world over, and overflows with hidden meanings and metaphysics. Herbert’s Fathership is an outpouring of emotion, especially of grief that threatens to drown the reader but steered by such poetic genius that no such disaster occurs. The turbulent contents are handled tightly, deftly.
The mysterious thin threads of rain, wrist-high beneath a bright February near-cloudlessness, beneath the chiming of the wire and metal masts of the yacht club, over the heads of bairns and dogs: they sheen like web and are gone, while the crows lift and drop, drop and lift, the mussels on the shore. © Read More