This review was in the Anthology Fevers of the Mind Presents the Poets of 2020 available on Amazon in Deluxe Edition, Split Editions Vol 1 & 2, and on Kindle.
When opening up David Hanlon’s “Spectrum of Flight” you immediately notice David’s very diverse, quaint, very knowledgable on poetry style and themes. Every word, every sentence, line, and stanzas are thought out. Every word is read to you by the writer’s voice. You feel trapped for awhile in the soul of the writer. What he felt, what he has had to persevere through, the depression, the loneliness, the questions, to truly begin to feel a whole self. You are on a long walk listening to the pouring rain in a cool Autumn month, You can do nothing but think. This is the book. All of those cold rain walks on your own, what does the thunder mean for me? Is this the same thunder heard by others? Is it even raining where they are? The distancing of others that miscast you. Severs you into their ideal. Why doesn’t it rain on them? Why are they exempt? And why can’t they see me? “A Taste of Showmanship” reflecting toxic masculinity that overcomes, a societal stamp. To wash away that ink. The imagery of poems such as “Dream in Which My Teeth Rot and Fall Out” gives you a ride in the circles and to obtain the answers within the spin. As like in dreams we sometimes find the answer to our being, our true self, the hope to be whole, to change, and conquer the storm. David Hanlon’s “Spectrum of Flight” is brilliant both in style, imagery, and a must read for someone in search of themself.
David Hanlon is a welsh poet living in Cardiff. He is a Best of the Net nominee. You can find his work online in over 40 magazines, including Rust & Moth, Icefloe Press & Mineral Lit Mag. His first chapbook Spectrum of Flight is available for purchase now at Animal Heart Press.