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We are delighted to announce the publication of two new poetry collections: The Sisyphus Dog by Stephen Boyce and The White Valentine by Mary Woodward.
“The poems of Stephen Boyce have an enviable assurance: clear, well-crafted and precise, they have an air of knowing where they are going, and invariably find their destination in an elegant closure. He is a master of the simple but telling phrase.”
Find out more and order Stephen’s collection here.
“In this scrupulously unsentimental collection, full of crisp, lucent imagery, the reader is transported to exquisitely rendered physical and emotional landscapes. Fully engaged with the material world, these poems interrogate memory and family mythology to reveal the darkness beneath luminous surfaces. Reading these poems – many of which engage with water – I felt that I was watching dazzling tropical fish dart across a tank.”
Find out more and order Mary’s debut collection here.
You are invited to join us on Thursday 6th February for an evening of poetry in Senate House Library, London. Poets Stephen Boyce, Sally Flint and Mary Woodward will read from their new collections and there will be a special reading from William Hayward’s novel It Never Gets Dark All Night. Doors open at 6.30pm with wine and nibbles before the readings at 7pm, which will be followed by more drinks, chat and book signings.
Senate House Library is accessed from the main entrance on Malet Street; take the lift to the 4th Floor and follow directions from there.
Joins us for this free event and help us celebrate three exciting new collections!
We are delighted to announce the publication of Sally Flint’s eagerly-awaited first collection Pieces of Us.
“Sally Flint is the real deal and the lives that weave in and out of her first collection, as uncanny as a folktale, as urgent as the day you’re reading this recommendation, reveal a world where every sound is beautiful which tells of life. This is refreshing, hard won poetry. Pieces of Us is the result of a discipline and a winnowing which gives us the object, the gesture, the image that condenses a novel into a stanza. Essential.” – Luke Kennard
Pieces of Us will be launched on 22nd January 2014 in the University of Exeter Queen’s Building, Queen’s Drive, Exeter. All are welcome and the event will include readings, live music and wine. 6 – 7.30pm. There is more information here.
Sally will also be reading from the collection at Senate House Library, London on Thursday 6th February alongside Worple poets Mary Woodward and Stephen Boyce. The event starts at 6.30 and includes a drinks reception. Email email@example.com for more information.
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The Magi are sleeping their stone sleep
High in Autun Cathedral.
The sculptor set aside his chisel and helped them
off with their robes,
Tucked the woven coverlet around them –
He allowed them to keep their crowns – how
Would we know them, without their crowns?
All but one, bedfellow up top
Whose bare arm dints the rippled coverlet
(Someone skipped a pebble and ripples spread
Till they bounced off the edges,
Fraying a little, like a bedtime story),
Whose round eyes gaze into the dark.
It’s the look you would have
If you woke in a strange place
And tried to remember where you were
And how you got there.
It’s the look you’d have
If someone switched the light on
Wham! and pointed to the sky –
A comet; maybe a star.
It went behind a cloud
And they lay down to wait for it to clear up
So tuckered after all their journeying
That the Angel, whose wings are like fish-scale
roof-tiles of a Burgundy mansion,
Had to come and wake them.
From Against Gravity by Beverley Bie Brahic
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