This Rock That Rock


At the conclusion of This Rock That Rock, Dom Conlon works through his poems and explains them. He considers the devices, inspirations and topics. Therefore, in What Am I? he explains ‘kenning’– ‘a two word description of something’. Thereafter, he explains how memories are a great inspiration to poets, just as Carol Ann Duffy suggests in Aloud in My Head.

Dom Conlon’s focus on the history, impact, role, science and majesty of the moon is quite astounding. He employs so many ways to rhapsodise, remember and inform about his subject. For example in Lunar Tune facts abound, yet it is somehow melodic! I love The Sounds You See on the Moon which mix-matches senses and employs repetition and alliteration to consider his subject, so ‘when there’s a glimmer of glass against a grey glow-/ you’ve seen a sound on the Moon.’ Viviane Schwarz’s empathetic pictures are breath-taking here and throughout this book.

Bookwagon loves This Rock That Rock!  We recommend it highly to our readers, to read alone, share at bedtime or in the classroom. What an outstanding book of poetry.

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This Rock That Rock

Poems Between You Me and the Moon

Dom Conlon and Viviane Schwarz


This Rock That Rock considers our associations with the moon. With a Christmas telescope, the poet suggests ‘- I could breathe, when I looked at the Moon and learned to believe.’ Thereafter, he remembers,‘ tonight’s moon is hard to find, but the old campfire still recalls/ your bedtime books in the theatre/ of its flames.’
Dom Conlon’s poetry offers notions on ‘How to Reach the Moon’. It’s suggested that we ‘Learn to read/Learn to think/ Learn to listen/ Learn to be right/ Learn how to be wrong’. Thereafter, in ‘Quietly Remarkable’, he opines, ‘The world’s about/ Because you see it’…
Dom Conlon’s poems are laden with awe, information and respect. It seems like he wants readers to grasp the hold the moon has over us in every way;  scientifically, historically, through our stories and adventures. He wonders at its craters, contemplates a ‘Moon Sound’‘there’s nothing/ you’ll say/ that others/ can hear.’  Furthermore, he considers ‘How Did the Moon Become‘ and ‘Reasons to Go to the Moon‘- ‘It’s that stretch of beach/ Where the rocks hide aliens/ And hours feel like years.’ 
This Rock That Rock is an outstanding collection of poetry. The poems are intimate, funny, nostalgic and beautiful. The incomparable illustrations from Viviane Schwarz of How to Be on the Moon, elevates this work higher. Bookwagon glories in these poems and recommends this book to our readers.


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