(New Jersey: Inka Publications, 1996)
dislike the slackness of free verse;
Show and Tell
is a compilation of formalist verse written between 1995 and 1996.
In this collection
Several of Perriman’s poems appeared in earlier publications: “Feelings” (Anderie Poetry Press); “Illya’s Honey” (Quarterly Journal of Poetry); “Womankind” (Anderie Poetry Press) and “Words of Wonder” (Anderie Poetry Press).
From the author:
Show and Tell combines both 'show’ and ‘tell’ techniques to maintain the clarity I strive for in my verse. This publication explores the differences between living in rural England and then moving to New York. It gives an expatriate’s view of life in the United States.
Some of the poems are inspired by historic
events. “Blame” is about the
Holocaust; “Afterwards” imagines the thoughts of the Enola Gay crew as
they returned from dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima;
“Myths and Legends” was commissioned by the Mayor of Kirkham
(Lancashire) to celebrate 700 years as a market town; “Memorials” honors
the Vietnam Veterans I met in Washington D.C.;
and “Jackie” recalls the assassination of President John F.
“Tasting the Apple” is a unique extended sonnet sequence based on a modern interpretation of the Seven Deadly Sins.
From Show and Tell: “Invaders”
One hot afternoon in May, the garden was tied with
The cobwebs spun over their territory kept Man at bay
dangling on threads, with the power an invasion force