New Wings: Poems 1977-2007

new wingsThe poems in “New Wings” focus on many different kinds of beginnings. Drawn both from new poems as well as from two earlier collections, the book gives a fresh airing to the poetry of a talented writer whose work has been unavailable for many years. The ‘new wings’ in this wide-ranging selection can be the pages of a comic in a child’s eureka moment of learning to read or those of a woman transforming herself into flames to leap across the hemispheres like a forest fire. These are poems of living through and coming to terms with changes – sometimes momentous or traumatic – and moving on into the future. In them, the reader travels from Scotland to Stockholm, the Californian desert, New York, rural Pennsylvania, Venice, Constanta, the Blue Mountains, Sydney and Tyneside.

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Reviews

Compelling and accomplished…a poet of unusual talent. –Bernard O’Donoghue, The Times Literary Supplement
Neither old-fashioned nor new-fangled, but abiding and spiritual. –Peter Porter, Observer
She displays a range of emotion and characterisation with both versatility and understanding…These are poems I will gladly return to again and again without fear of disappointment. –Richard Jones, Poetry Wales
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