n mongoose in chicken house and other poems, that pain is given voice by a generous, trusting and moving intimacy well aware of the risks it faces in proposing itself within a Western tribalist climate of exclusive conformism by which generosity, trust and empathy are forged into convenient masks for complacency, fear and spite. Victor’s ‘cards’ critical of that climate appear side by side with less stark, if not more sentimental, brooding vignettes – familial, personal or phenomenal – which act as mirror-windows on a world of simplistic dismissals and literalist conformities only seemingly beyond their frames.”
“Veining Victor’s stubbornly temporal themes (not excluding that of his own mortality) are the complaint, argument and revision at the heart of Christianity’s critique of the assumptive limiting demands of a materialist world. His writing, then, is the gif of an active faith involving as much intellectual probing as intuitive recognition, both grounded in a firm understanding of experiential mutuality – a sense challenging to our current world of anti-metaphoric separations proposing themselves (and subscribed to) as discrete.”
Brian Chan, author of Scratches on the Air, Peepal Tree, 2010.