Port Winston Mulberry
Michael Wyndham Thomas
Port Winston Mulberry.
Littlejohn and Bray, Coventry and Cheshire.
Publication date: 2010.
Mulberries was the name of the artificial harbours used for the D-Day landings in June, 1944. The title poem of the collection, ‘Port Winston Mulberry’ highlights one of Michael Wyndham Thomas’s abiding interests: giving voice to anonymous witnesses when history throws a fit. But this is just one strand in his latest collection. Reflections on how relationships are (or ought to be); observations of the passing human scene; the light and shade of memory; even commemorations of a father’s lethal choice of van–all of these and more find voice in a collection as varied in mood and form as in subject.
'My dad drove vans,' declares the opening poem. Michael Wyndham Thomas drives in all directions and returns with much to report.