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Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

“I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press

“Dane’s poetry is a multi-layered spiral of the macabre, quirky humour and disjointed imagery. Not only does he make you think, he captures the small forgotten moments of everyday life.” – Nikki Dudley, co-editor of Streetcake Magazine

“…[Dane] combines concrete detail with socioeconomic concerns.” – Lorna Wood, associate editor of Gemini Magazine.

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Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

“I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press

“Dane’s poetry is a multi-layered spiral of the macabre, quirky humour and disjointed imagery. Not only does he make you think, he captures the small forgotten moments of everyday life.” – Nikki Dudley, co-editor of Streetcake Magazine

“…[Dane] combines concrete detail with socioeconomic concerns.” – Lorna Wood, associate editor of Gemini Magazine.

22 reviews for Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home

  1. Rebecca Groves

    This was a great read. I enjoyed picking poem titles that caught my attention first and then working my way through the rest. I have also seen Dane perform his poems at events and when you read through this, it’s hard not to imagine his voice, which only enhances the reading experience. If you enjoy poetry, this is well worth a read and checking out Dane’s work online.

  2. Neil Denham

    I bought this collection of poetry at the Authors book launch in High Wycombe, and had some idea what to expect as I have seen Dane perform these poems live on many occasions.

    It was really great to be able to read the poems at my own pace (Dane delivers them at a fairly frantic speed!) and discover some of the themes within.

    From slower self reflection on how the poet, (or the lover) uses language (the words are just words/that fade away) to fast paced ‘beat’ poems (Learning to take instructions) Dane provides us with a variety of textures in this collection.

    The lovely illustrations of Steve Woodcock mark the boundaries between the main themes, and the books is beautifully produced by the Booktrope publisher.

    Not for the faint-hearted, religion gets a very critical eye cast over it, and the tension between rationalism and emotion means that those who believe in psychics or the like may be challenged.

    Highly recommended, I look forward to the next volume!

  3. Whispering Stories

    It took me a long time to get into this book as, at first glance, the prospect of 103 aggressive and fairly depressing poems seemed quite daunting. After a while I jumped to the Afterword at the back and that helped me appreciate that these were all written to be performed in small venues as part of music or comic open mic evenings. I then started reading them out loud and they made more sense. I also could then see the collection was broken up into nine suites or albums, presumably written at different times.

    Dane Cobain appears to be an ambitious young man who has written songs, novels and poems as well as being an active blogger. When reading the poems I could picture him performing them in busy pubs and clubs, slotted in between musical acts while roadies rearranged the stage behind him and drinkers recharged their glasses. In such conditions the message would need to be short and sharp, relating to the audience with situations and language they would recognise.

    A poem should stir up emotions and these certainly stirred mine, although not necessarily in the way the poet intended. Instead of siding with the poet against his targets I frequently wanted to defend the people or organisations that were being criticised.

    The synopsis warns that the book is not for the faint-hearted and it is likely that some people could find some of the poems offensive but I suppose that is the intention.

    On the positive side there were some thought provoking moments and on occasions Dane Cobain showed a clever use of words as evidenced in Univocalisms and General Election Tension. Of the collection my personal favourites were Take this Kiss which was a reflection on the life of a mistress and Arriva #800/850 which painted a familiar picture of a non-arriving bus although, like many of the poems, it was spoiled for me by its invective and expletives.

    I have awarded this book three stars.

  4. Jaffa Kintigh

    Rough around the edges, this poetry collection reflects its raw slam poetry roots without the benefit of editing or reworking to confirm that there’s sense and context to the sounds and beats laid down. Like an REM song, the sounds maybe be pleasant, but that doesn’t always translate to coherence. It’s more akin to a Facebook rant that one agrees with, but which doesn’t enlighten us.

    That’s not to say that there aren’t some lines, verses and poems rising above the non-specific and idiomatic. There are–such as in “Donald Trump’s Huge New Erection” which shows the poet’s appreciation and understanding of Ginsberg’s Howl:

    . . . Money is the mean little shit
    who burned the wings off butterflies
    aged eleven holding mirrors
    up towards the sun,
    who called his father a bastard
    for simply standing up to him . . .

    . . .Money is metal,
    the acidic taste of hangovers
    your mother never mentioned,
    the tears of seventeen-year-olds
    volunteered for war
    now showered with brains
    as bullets hit the skulls
    of their commanding officers . . .

    Unfortunately, what works at the mike doesn’t always translate to the page. Then, a rare gem will shine with the promise of energy-infused poems hiding out deeper into the collection. The opening lines of “The Fusion of Music and Movement” are breath-takingly simple and beautiful: “She’s always an illusion / a confusing fusion / of music and movement,” but then seem compromised if not undermined by the over-reliance of wordplay and rhyme in the lines that immediately follow: “where every chord / should be explored, / and I can’t afford / to lose her . . .”

    One strong poem is “The Boy in the Picture” that takes the time to narrow its scope and hone its message about a vintage WWII photograph:

    He could’ve been anyone,
    so he was everyone,
    every murdered son
    on the Western Front,
    and every bullet
    from every gun;

    . . . there’s something sinister and brooding
    and when you’re steeped in sepia
    it’s easier to believe in meaning . . .

    The best poem in the collection, “Beneath the War Memorial,” is exquisite. The humble voice contrasts with the bulk of the collection as it zeroes in on the universal theme of trying to find meaning in the inexplicable. It’s closing lines are contemplative and , perhaps, perfect: “Search for truth and wisdom; / search for subtlety / beneath the linden tree; / place your hand / on my thigh– / the birds will melt / in snowy silence.”

  5. Dhwani Swadia

    This is a poetry book like none other. You could call it “modern poetry”.

    The topics that the author takes up strong themes and the author provides an excellent take on each topic. This book is definitely not for the faint-hearted, and it does contain some cuss words, but for me, these words gave a distinctive flavor to these poems.

  6. Rajalakshmi Prithviraj

    I had read Dane’s debut novella No Rest For The Wicked and had liked it. So I picked up this collection of poems with a hope to read wonderful poetry. Sadly, I was disappointed.

    For me, poetry in any form is worth its salt if it succeeds in stirring up emotions within me. This anthology had no such effect on me. It was the language used that kind of put me off. It had loads of abuses. Agreed, as a modern day performance, such usage was in demand. But for me, poetry means a beautiful message or piece of writing I can convey to my children. Poetry is like a chant that you keep repeating to yourself over and over again depending on the mood it is supposed to convey.

    Dane’s selected poems were supposedly performed at various stages. In this context, yes, maybe when they are read aloud they sound better. But while reading them silently trying to savour every single word, they never succeeded in touching my heart. Sorry about that Dane.

    To sum up, the poet has put his heart and soul in this collection. Hence, it is worth reading for his sake. Maybe if he had called it by any other name, like Stand Up perfomances or something, the effect would have been different.

    P.S – Sorry again Dane. Being an ardent fan of poets like Frost, Hardy, Sarojini Naidu, Tagore, Ogden Nash and the like I gave an honest opinion. I respect your courage to pen down your performances and hope the next collection succeeds in changing my views.

  7. TheCosyDragon

    This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

    Although I loved another of Cobain’s novels, Former.ly and his other, No Rest for the Wicked, was ok, I’m just not into poetry. Thus I am letting this one into the wild to be free. Someone else who loves poetry will probably appreciate it, and I wish them luck (and hope they decide to read Dane’s novels as well).

  8. My Life is an Experiment

    I really loved this collection of poetry. I’m not usually a poetry person, but the way Dane Cobain writes about current issues really caught my attention! I must admit that this is the first book of poetry that I actually enjoyed reading! It is so easy to imagine oneself in a live poetry read, hearing these verses. I would highly recommend this book!

  9. Angie

    Great selection of thought provoking, emotional and some humorous poems. Fantastic layout to the book and interesting to read. Some explicit content.

  10. Ashley Tomlinson

    This is a collection of poetry which I’ve never read before. To be honest, I haven’t read any poetry since I graduated high school, maybe a little in college. Since I finished school I’ve never had the urge to pick up any poetry.

    There were definitely some poems that I liked more than others and some that just didn’t quite click with me. I liked how raw some seemed while others felt polished. I really liked Stallyns, from the first line until the last, I really liked it.

    Even though I’m not a poet myself I can appreciate a good poem from time to time. What I love most about this collection is it is something that I will come back and reread for the rest of my life now that I’ve had the pleasure of reading it..

  11. Cassandra

    I recevied a complimentary copy.

    I gave this a two star because I felt like it was an emperor’s new clothes scenario that went over my head. It was filled with lewd language and I just could not wrap my head around the meanings. Maybe I lack the common knowledge of poetry or perhaps there is not total poetry there at all. I could not see myself reading this outloud or discussing it with anyone in a way that I could really grasp. In the end I find this went beyond my realm of comprehension and I did not find it to be of interest or enjoyable. The author is extremely talented and has so much to offer in his other books, but for me this one was a total loss.

  12. Joshua Gage

    Overall, Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home by Dane Cobain is a sincere collection of poetry. Cobain is horrified by the ills of modern society, and writes to critique them. This is all well and good, and we need our poets to be prophets and critics. However, the lack of basic poetic craft—imagery, metaphor, etc.—in the bulk of his lines leads to a poetry without depth or substance.

  13. Roger

    This book is a pathetic moron’s attempt to write poetry. It is a book of senseless ramblings and no substance. There isn’t one halfway decent poem in it.

  14. Chrissy Dyer

    Dane Cobain gives us raw, disturbing, yet truthful poetry. It may be a bit disturbing, but sometimes the truth can be disturbing.

  15. Katie Lewington

    Steel yourself for this one, there’s a lot of grit in these poems by Dane Cobain.
    There are not many pleasantries here: Love is a ball ache, everything is awful, and death is a junkie.
    Cobain writes, seemingly, about anything that gets in his way, and grabs at subjects with spontaneity, and his distinctive spoken word style.
    In many of his poems Cobain almost appears to be a wise all knowing figure, like a Yoda, with his plain speaking views that seem so simple. (In poem My religion Cobain lays down his commandments as learn to play the sitar, and no crying, except on Tuesdays)
    Poem Dying gives a breath taking stanza of clarity
    I just don’t understand
    How people plan their lives out,
    Get married and have kids
    And sit in front of the TV
    Evening after evening
    When I can’t see
    Past the weekend
    Another poem I Want to Kiss you is one of the most original poems on love that I have read, with a spattering of humour.
    Found, the final section of the book, has the most characteristic poems about birthdays, gramophones, war, cigarettes, and pesticides.
    A compelling collection by Dane Cobain, that will certainly provoke some kind of reaction.
    (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

  16. Kate

    I am a lover of contemporary poetry and was recommended this book by my girlfriend who is absolutely crazy about this sort of thing.
    I was intrigued about the possibility of reading such a book because I am graduate in creative writing and art. I got the book and thought it was okay at first, because I have read similar poems where authors use modern day topics to captivate its’ audiance. The author tries to rhyme words which worked, but at times I did get a bit lost when it jumped from one subject to another in one sentence, so occassionally I felt light headed. Overall the book is okay, if you like foul language incorporated into the improper use of the English language. It did leave a bitter taste in my tea.

  17. Amazon Customer

    I enjoyed this selection immensely. I especially enjoyed ‘Iced Gems’, ‘S***’ and ‘Donald Trumps Huge New Erection’. Direct, strong, witty and fun. Several of the pieces got me thinking too. All in all then, a pleasure to read!

  18. Charlie Ferguson

    Eyes Like Lighthouses When The Boats Come Home was a refreshing read, truthful, uncensored raw poetry. Each piece an insight into a topic of the world.

    The poems were pure and powerful, I fell in love with several pieces, I could relate to them easily and that was one thing I loved so much when I was reading these pieces.

    One piece named; Like A Landlocked Light-house had been one I had loved a lot, so much I went back to re read it a few more times before writing this review.

    I can say that some people will not like the truth written within the read, or the language which is used but I found that both of them really made the collection of poems all that more of a need to read.

    I can say it’s a clear 5/5 frim me, and a definite read for anyone who wants to see everything in a truthful brutal poetic light.

  19. Michael-Israel Jarvis

    Poetry should be heard. This is true, but some poems read better than others, too. Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home is a collection of uncomplicatedly direct poetry. There’s no reaching, no pretensions, no sense of style over substance. Often quite raw and sometimes delivering a stream of consciousness, Cobain clearly prizes a sense of the moment’s authenticity over a meticulous editing process. The result is poetry that wastes no time polishing its technique, using the rhythmic rush and occasional loose rhyme to drive to the point: the feeling and the purpose. There’s a beat revival sense to a lot of Eyes, which requires the reader to try the poems aloud.

    A pleasure for people who prefer the natural and unconscious sorcery of modern poetry over the rigorous wizardry of more formal styles.

  20. Clive Whitelock

    I’ve seen Dane perform a number of times and the energy of his readings leaps out and grabs you by the mind and forces you to listen. He says that he writes poetry to perform but I’m quite happy to lay back in bed and read these poems. I try doing them in my style which is drawling, well at least it is in bed, and I find they work well in that style too. They have a drum beat rhythm which works equally well in print or in voice. I can truthfully say that this is a fiery collection and you will marvel at his word play.There is not much in the way of political rant here and that’s just fine by me. They are about Life. A compulsory addition to the poetry bookshelf.

  21. Nicholas Reffin

    An awesome read. Dane a strong style, which only become even more apparent if you’ve seem him read his poetry live (once you have it’s really hard not to read each poem in his voice/style). Each poem is an insight into how he looks at the world, life and sometimes buses. I’d thoroughly recommend you read this and go see Dane live if you can.

  22. J. D. DeHart

    From the very beginning, author Dane Cobain shows his talent for wordplay in Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home. The title alone is an image in itself. There is fanciful verbiage here, with the pieces of the poems linking together lyrically – and some lines with quite an edge. Quite a few edgy lines, in fact. Sometimes the poet smiles as he describes the world with these jarring words.

    The poems in this collection convey a range of emotions and descriptions – of the latter, I would point out “Ice Gems,” in which Cobain gives us a collision of metaphors and images worthy of Sergei Eisenstein. This is no small collection, either – Dane Cobain has collected several examples of his work in this volume for our consideration.

    Recommended for those who enjoy poetry, or just want some honest language that arrives in an artful way.

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