Military Matters

I have been a fan of Tom Benson’s writing since I read Beyond The Law but I had no idea what to expect of Military Matters, a poetry anthology. Roughly half the book is a selection of poems, short and long, covering diverse subjects: a civilian plane with high-jackers aboard landing at Heathrow, patrolling the streets of Belfast, youth training on the Yorkshire moors, the invasion of Iraq, and many other very different aspects of military action.

The second section is in 25 parts and records the story of Steady Eddie from the tough training to become a Royal Marine to the moment, years later, when he has a close brush with the Grim Reaper.

Most poets would have opted for freestyle. Tom Benson did not: the rhyme, rhythm and pace are amazing, drawing the reader on from start to finish, with only the occasional explanatory note from the author to interrupt the flow. Highly recommended to all; readers need no prior knowledge, or even interest, in matters military to be captivated by Military Matters.

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