by Eleanor Rees - £9.99 Salt Publishing (2019)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781784631840 | ISBN 10: 1784631841
These are the voices of those who are silent: in the graveyards, holy wells, the river, the changing tides. A ghostly choir of lost children, hermits, lovers and rough sleepers, serving maids and sailor boys, saints and hermaphrodites resounding through the rhythms of the water. Places and objects communicate also: a chapel, oak tree, back-lane, woodland, riverside town; bones sing and a bell tolls.
The poems speak with them and for them, channelling their messages, their visions and their warnings.
"Through Eleanor Rees’ shape-shifting, muscular poems we enter a place where identity is fluid, where surfaces can’t be trusted. A boy in the woods wakes up younger than he was, his body returning to seed. A clock ‘wrings the day dark’. The city is first an empty vein, then a place of abundance and beginnings. These poems stay with you long after reading. They bristle with images that you feel rather than just read: ‘I am in the grass as the trowel rips through... / I am in the water as it strains through earth to sea…’."
(Price & availability last checked: June 2019)
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