London-based poet Tim Cumming’s illustrated pamphlet Etruscan Miniatures celebrates a summer holiday in Orvieto. Twelve poems and six watercolours.
‘Cumming’s free-associative, impressionist senses are enhanced in this setting, where a simple observation of last night’s debris, and anticipation of lunch, combine to flow, again in a single sentence, all the way to ‘the soul food kitchen/of Dante’s Purgatorio.’
More than anything, though, what the reader is conscious of (with the assistance of delicate blue and green and white watercolours) is Cumming’s visual focus…
…as a reader, you feel yourself cavorting through this ravishing landscape, into frescoes, into history and myth, below ground, and to other parts of the cosmos – all the while holding a dewy glass of white wine in your hand.’
– Afric McGlinchey
Tim Cumming’s collections include The Miniature Estate (1991), Apocalypso (1992, 1999), Contact Print (2002), The Rumour (2004), The Rapture (2011) Etruscan Miniatures (2012) and Rebel Angels in the Mind Shop (2015). His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Forward’s Poems of the Decade, the WS Graham anthology, The Caught Habits of Language and Bloodaxe Books’ anthology of poetry from Ireland and the British Isles, Identity Parade.
He made the BBC4 documentary Hawkwind: Do Not Panic in 2007, and has shown his film poems at cinemas and festivals worldwide. He writes regularly about music and the arts for the British and international press, and his paintings have been exhibited at Slader’s Yard in Dorset and the Rowley Gallery in west London.