Voice Mail is a sparklingly varied collection.
It displays the growing range and depth of Forbes’ talents and marks also a number of new departures. The introductory poem, ‘La Brea’, won first prize in the TLS / Blackwell’s Poetry Competition 1997. Garrison Keillor selected another poem for his radio programme The Writer’s Almanac.
Accomplished and observant, witty and touching, Forbes’ work moves from serious elegy to comic turn. The moods, personnel and forms of his poems are as varied as the locations, which shift from the banks of the Severn to California via Greece, Northumberland, Niagara and Melbourne Zoo.
Forbes’ poems have appeared in the Observer, Poetry Review, the Spectator and TLS. His collections include August Autumn, Public & Confidential and Taking Liberties.