Derek Peach’s Review of Mother Nature Eats Her Kind
November 20, 2020
Neil continues to draw inspiration from the natural world without indulgent sentimentality, knowing “Mother Nature has no mind /or conscience. She eats her kind,” but with a passionate conviction that he must answer the question his mentor, Chief Dan George proposes: “Have I done all that I can to keep the forest? Have I kept the air fresh as your day?”
The poems in this, Neil’s second collection, display a deeper sense of the interconnectedness of all life, a fuller expression of one individual’s response to environmental abuses and natural beauty, and a competent writer’s stylistic variety.