by Tim Dooley
Salt Publishing, Cambridge © 2008
The following was taken from an on-line "Book Description" of Keeping Time which also included some very positive reviews.
For Friends of the Phonograph it was obviously the cover that was the trigger for adding it to Phonographia's PhonoBooks. I Unfortunately I don't have a copy yet but the reviews are good and there is one poem, "Sunday Morning" that does reference the radio playing Haydn which is reprinted below.
Stevens, MacNeice and The Velvet Underground.
A lightness rising to a cloudless sky.
Too tired for sleep or love we drive together
out of numbness to a different town.
The long ponds where we used to feed the ducks,
the stretch of green that climbs to the cathedral,
the breakfast, the bookshop we trust will
take gravity from us, floating away.
But now the radio plays Haydn, a piece
in F sharp minor, contrived we’re told
to solve a problem in the Esterhazy Court,
so in the last movement the players left
singly, snuffing out their candles, leaving
the last couple to hold the stage alone.
Poem reprinted from review by Todd Swift in 2008