In Martyn Crucefix’s bold new sequence of poems, A Hatfield Mass, the sensuous shapes of Henry Moore’s work interweave with the fluid, observant voices of the verse. From curves and spaces, words and silence, Crucefix constructs a secular Mass that explores a variety of forms of love, our relationships with people and the world around us. In part a journey from innocence to experience, these are poems marvellously open to the beauty of landscape, the shared intimacies of our bodies, the passage of time through which we are endlessly becoming: “if not more beautiful we grow more rich”.
“Crucefix has, as always, an exceptional ear… poems that are urgent, heartfelt, controlled and masterful”
Kathryn Maris, Poetry London
“Crucefix is well aware of the possibilities of language, and, like Rilke, his language is intense, compressed and vivid… The poignancy of parenthood and companionship is a theme which emerges powerfully”
Zoe Brigley, Magma