Henry Disney is a distinguished scientist (who has worked in tropical rainforests, the Yorkshire Pennines and Cambridge University). While employing regular metre and rhyme he is a thoroughly modern poet of deep insight and compassion combined with acute observation and a critical mind. These highly readable poems repay reading again and again.
First published in New York in 2009 for the Darwin bicentenary, as many Americans reject the theory of evolution, despite convincing new evidence, especially molecular evidence, since Darwin.
Compelling witness to the harmonious relations between science and religion is in the lives of scientists who are also Christians. Henry Disney is both.
REITERATION covers the poet’s varied experiences from his active service in Cyprus in his youth, being a medical entomologist in the tropics, his Christian faith, political observations, scientific insights and being a husband, father and grandfather.
A reviewer of his previous poems says "Henry Disney's is… a beautiful mind, and a tough mind"
"Henry Disney's is, to borrow a phrase, a beautiful mind, and also a tough mind." So wrote Kitty Ferguson in her review of his sixth collection. This eighth collection of poems reinforces this perception.
The topics covered reflect varied experience, distinguished contributions to science and a deep commitment to Christian values and perceptions.
This collection gathers together a selection of political poems concerning my deep antipathy to war. The criticism that I am too hard on Bush and Blair as opposed to the likes of Hitler or Saddam is because the two Bs proclaim to be motivated by their Christian faith but in practice put their faith in arms, despite Christ’s rejection of violence.