March 17, 2019 posted by Unity Wellington

AFTERGLOW: Geoff Cochrane The Black and the White

AFTERGLOW: Geoff Cochrane The Black and the White

Geoff Cochrane come with history in tow for the launch of his new book of poetry The Black and the White, his seventeenth, on Thursday 14th March 2019. Geoff brings a presence to his readings; age, style, and bluntness penetrate his words. The mighty but modest crowed absorbed every utterance.

Author Carl Shuker introduced the launch, a pull of praise and admiration flowed through his extensive words. Images of troubled pasts, and a bizarre present were painted in Carl’s introduction; named but unknown indie bands, influential religious figures, vaping problems, and loose grasps of Latin, lead the charge among a torrent of humility and praise.

Geoff followed Carl’s preamble with a number of poems from his new book. Geoff’s poetry shows off his mastery of the form. His “work-a-day brutality” shining through with visually bombarding similes.

Geoff’s journey is a long one, The Black and the White launch a mere speck, but it is one we more than wish to keep going, and one we hope to be a part of for years to come.

Carl Shuker introduces the launch of Geoff Cochrane’s The Black and the White

A crowed absorbed

Geoff reads from his new book

A smiling Geoff sign some of his books

The Black & the White is published by Victoria University press and is available for $25

Words & pictures by George Cunningham

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