The ‘title track’ ‘Dangerous Dog’ is like a key to the whole book. Images of confinement (there’s a recurring motif of car interiors throughout the book) are juxtaposed with images of nature. The dog is dangerous indeed, not for the reasons you might expect, but for the way it offers us a vision of how free we could be. This is a theme picked up in the final poem, ‘Saturday Night Murmurations’.
The most ‘on-the-nose,’ explicitly political poem is perhaps ‘Heritage’. Don’t read this one if you have National Trust membership. David speaks of grinding prisons and castles into dust in lines that remind me of Blake’s ‘London’. But he cleverly undercuts the polemic – in the fourth section, the rage subsides and the poem reaffirms the importance of kindness and living life through human relationships.
Dangerous Dog works incredibly well as a whole. The sequencing of the poems reveals threads and connections which enrich the meanings of the individual poems. Andrew Myers, Hastings Independent Press. Full review here.
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