Gordon Simmonds is one of our quiet, but very prolific members. His poetry has frequently brought us to tears. And sometimes, when it’s very personal Gordon himself breaks down. His work is emotional, moving and authentic. Gordon’s research is sound, so his poems make you feel you’re standing right there – in the trenches, on the fields at the gravesides.
He has this to say about the writing of his collection of war poems titled War and Remembrance: “The Unknown Soldier has come to me every night for maybe 20 or more years. He would come unbidden and never fail to visit, just for a minute or two every night. As this book approached completion, that image has gradually faded – as if his work is done. Now I have difficulty conjuring up his picture at all and I wonder if he has gone forever.”
There is something distinctly other worldly about this collection. As an addendum Gordon says, Interestingly, my son visited Van (Bagrats War) a while back and is still haunted by a coach crash which occurred in front of him where a dozen people were killed. He said “The land is still thirsty for blood.”