Split into parts which correlate with Gagnier’s life as a man and poet, this collection is a wonder to behold. I followed Gagnier from his mid twenties into his early thirties; with reminiscent childhood pieces interwoven throughout. His voice and style is in flux as he changes but there is no doubt it grows in strength the further you fall into this collection of labour and love.
Thus, by the time you reach #selftitled, a chapbook written for his daughter, the voice is the voice of a man who is willing to hold up his hands and admit he doesn’t have all the answers, but he will still try damn hard to make the world a better place for his little girl to exist.
A wonderful collection to come back to time and time again. Take your time reading it. The poetry is worth savouring.