Publication of a poetry book inspired by the Camelford region


A NEW book of poetry by a Camelford writer takes a lot of influence from the surrounding area.

‘By Association’, written by David Pike, was released in October with a small circulation of 100 copies.

David started writing poems in school, but more avidly in the 1980s.

He said, “I’ve always been in writing in one form or another. I started out writing song lyrics, but swapped poetry a few years later. I take my time to write poems, with many rewrites. I am very picky and think until I am happy with the end result.

“I write on all subjects with a keen eye for thoroughness, with everyday things to the point. My main influences are Charles Causley, and to some extent Philip Larkin.

David moved to Camelford in August 2020 and got a lot of inspiration from the beautiful natural surroundings.

He said: “Featured areas included in the book (and previous books) include, page 16, Old Cheesy, which refers to the tankers and the Davidstow dairy, page 17, Bones, which relates to the river Camel and the Moor Drainage, page 18, The Traveler, which refers to a Cornish ghost story about Jan Tregeagle and the Draining of the Dozmary Pool, page 20, New Life, which refers to brown trout seen swimming in the River Camel at Camelford in March 2021, page 21, Conversation, on the rattling of slate tiles on our roof during a gale, blowing from Bodmin Moor.

When asked how he felt after publishing another book of poems, David added: “Always happy when a new book is released, the culmination of hours of fun writing and editing. . ”

The book was widely received and praised for its depiction of the magic of everyday life.

Commenting on the new publication, Paul Tanner, poet and literary critic, said: “Superheroes? Swollen ankles? Broken guitars? David Pike can write about anything. He celebrates the familiar, even the smallest detail, until he is lightly touched by the surreal. Litter collectors catch the stars, the pig in a butcher’s window responds, paramedics peek as you change.

“He skillfully deploys the magic of everyday life with a punchy immediacy that makes you read. You almost feel bad that you can’t see as much as he does. Thank goodness he wrote it all down.

“Even a poem about a dart board requires you to read the next line and the next line, then you’ve read them all and you need more. The elegant strength of this collection perfectly demonstrates why it remains a constant welcome in the British poetic scene, from independent zines to BBC radio. More pike poetry, please.

David also founded Pulsar Poetry Magazine in 1995, a selfless business, which converted to Pulsar Poetry Webzine in 2009.

Pulsar Poetry Webzine continues to this day with David as editor.

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