Starting from Anywhere
Starting from Anywhere is based upon the generous belief that poetry can begin with anything: a painting, a line from another poem, or even how perfectly ordinary things can "balk account." The urgency underlying these quiet poems reveals how the eye and imagination can, must, or perhaps simply will, remake the world.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
"From the first poem, In My Alternate Life, through the volume's mid-point - a short prose piece called When Fictions Are Facts, which explains that the writer, adopted as a child, must imagine his own origins - to the end, which promises 'there is always something more,' this book sings. The poems may start everywhere, but they teem with carefully observed, sensuous details: tayberries, deodar cedars, 'the mucus of slugs,' the whole 'earth, the ripe impossible school.' Reading Lex Runciman's poems, we are invited to see our world with new eyes." - Lisa Steinman
Runciman, Lex, "Starting from Anywhere" (2009). Linfield Authors Book Gallery. 10.