Exploring interactions of the natural world in the light of human relationships, Isabel Galleymore’s first collection of poems move between the loving, the symbiotic and the parasitic. Metaphor commands these connections, bringing the seemingly inanimate and peripheral to centre stage. Whether focusing upon a seed, sweet pea, sea anemone or barnacle, these intimate encounters address the pleasures and perils of finding likeness between the domestic and the wild. Dazzle Ship introduces a vital new voice in contemporary poetry and confirms that the everyday is indeed strange.
“Quiet, assured, attentive, tender, witty and wonderfully surprising poems. A first pamphlet by Isabel Galleymore that I wish I’d published.”
“At once hair-fine and resolute, these poems are filled with the quiet nuances of intimacy, hinting deftly at the moments and gestures that are vital to our most treasured relationships. The poems in this pamphlet show both promise and achievement.”
“Isabel Galleymore’s assured and refreshing poems skilfully illuminate the interconnectedness of things, from the subtle dependences within relationships, to the quiet discoveries mirrored within the natural world. Language and form are purposefully rendered with a mindful and humble precision.”