The latest collection of Fay C. Davis entitled Word Pictures contains 30 poems of mixed mood establishes again her excellence and authenticity in the world of literature. Fay who has been active in the world of writing since the age of twelve and has over 500 poems to her credit mostly published, runs a journal entitled Link way which was brought out in August 1995. Born and brought up in England had Fay has taught in schools of England and Wales and a teacher by profession and a veracious readers of English, History, Music and Divinity. Fay has been a connoisseur of poetry, sports, article and puzzles and for the sake of writing and enjoying the life in totality, she took on early retirement and is now living in Carmarthenshire in South Wales.
The book under review has number of nature poems in which the mysticism runs under currently. The love of nature and the nature of loving both are discernable in the poems. The blend of nature, love and spirituality easily seen in the following lines:
I knew without even touching you
That I wanted to be all mine
Wanted you to know I loved you
With a love that was almost divine. (9)
Fay has a special bind of merits of exhibiting a basic honesty and simple beauty which particularly impresses the readers as well as appeals the discerning eyes of critics. She is an avid poet with passion and compassion for language and contents. Her eye for minute observation brings forth her imaginative vision that encompasses the astounding diversities in life in all its manifestations. Her style and manners be traditional but the ideas behind then are non-conventional and as fresh as flowers:
The train no longer here every night
The crumbling platform is all overgrown
And uncut roses grow towards the light.
X X X
The rusty line mingles with brilliant daisies white
With here and there a broken heap of stone
And uncut roses strain towards the light. (3)
Despite having ample of the element of love and beauty, her poetry has not become merely its interpretation, it has some other element like pity, hope, social consciousness and crowing and longings. ‘Survivors’ is a fine example of it:
The plane crashed in the mountains
No on survived
They were wrong.
I survived, with all the families,
Fiancés and friends who waited
For the message
From those they loved
In that tangled mess
Of metal and unidentified people,
Lost in the terrain of the dead. (4)
The collection has many beautiful poems like Aunty Reshel, corness Cupfoad’ and ‘All short of comforts’, ‘Seeing you’, ‘Picture’, ‘The last October day’, ‘November evening’, ‘The guard’, ‘Ancient race, burry port harbor’, ‘Touching keys’, ‘Royal princess, delight’, ‘Summer dreams’ and ‘knuckles Hills’, ‘A picture of trees’ and ‘Feedings the Birds’ that bespeak of the multifaceted ambivalent, poetic art and craft, natural beauty and romantic sensibility. A stanza of the poem ‘Delight’ will make clear the poetic excellence of Fay itself:
You speak to me of love.
Raindrops of happiness
Invading my whole life,
Seeping into every part of me
And spreading far and wide
For all to see
X X X
You speak to me of Delight
A magic in itself,
A knowing that all is well
Taking over every part of me
And spreading everywhere
For all to see. (21)
Thus on the whole, the collection Word Picture truly draws a picture of nature and beauty both in words and distills a piquant flavor of joy and spiritual ecstasy and presents the freshness of true poetry in the humdrum and monotony of everyday life. So, such on excellent work of the poetess deserves high appreciation and encouragement.