AUTHOR: Brian Walter


Allegories Of The Everyday is grounded in the ordinary, in moments that range from finding a scorpion in a garden in South Africa to walking into a cemetery in Guadeloupe, or seeing a well in Nigeria. The everyday becomes moments of meditation; the building of a larger allegory: the poems are stations in a quest. The text is a journeying for human understanding, or kindness, in the face of death, in the face of the legacies of apartheid, of slavery or of the colonial world. Allegories of the Everyday illuminates new ground: even as death looms, Brian Walter is more lucid, richly rhythmical, wide-ranging, compassionate and (in his own phrase) ‘relentlessly aware’ than ever.”
– Dan Wylie