Death for the bomber crew limping back over the estuary? Life after death for the young woman buried under the trees, beneath the city? A lunch break after death - as decades, centuries break their moorings and collide with each other?
Felix Hodcroft is one of the most talented poets writing in Britain today, and Life After Life After Death, originally published in 2010, is his first full-length collection.
Driven by an impressive control of narrative and character, his poems shine a light into every corner of society - including yours - and consider familiar subjects as they've never been considered before. The poems are separated into two halves - fifteen under 'life', fifteen under 'death' - though the lines are never as clear as we might like, and of course the 'Life' section comes after 'Death'.
"It is impossible to remain unmoved."
"Full of wonder, beauty and humanity."
Manchester-born, Oxford-bred, Felix Hodcroft gained degrees in English Literature and Applied Social Sciences. He has worked as a probation officer in Birmingham, Hull and East Yorkshire, but retired from full-time work in 2010 to pursue more poetry.