Cracked Skull Cinema offers poems on culture and society, colonialism and its legacies, media and power. Set between these are homages and reflections on middle age, on life’s loves and losses. In this, Briggs’s third collection, the work turns to examine the challenges and consolations of age, but also of the age, blending the personal and the political with a wry, gallows humour.
The book is adventurous in its range of poetic forms, rich with lucid, often startling, imagery, unflinching in its philosophic stance, and – sometimes – very funny. Writing with characteristic flair, finesse, and moral insight, Briggs examines the twin questions of how to make the right choices, how to accept their price.’