‘Never mind the bucolics’ and other poems

October 25th, 2017 § 0 comments

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There are Boats on the Orchard, Maria C. McCarthy’s illustrated pamphlet of poems has been reviewed in The Frogmore Papers, and two of the poems have been posted on Abegail Morley’s The Poetry Shed. Jeremy Page writes:

There is a distinctly elegiac feel to many of the poems in Maria C. McCarthy’s latest collection, which ‘chronicles seven years of living alongside the disappearing orchards of Kent.’ A sense of loss together with a keen awareness of what we are losing is expressed in language that is deeply felt but never mawkish.

Our favourite comment following the launch of the pamphlet, courtesy of Roundabout Nights in Chatham, is ‘Never mind the bucolics, here’s Maria C. McCarthy.’ Others have said:

I love the juxtaposition of the extraordinary and the mundane, the natural and the human … the human as natural. The clever crafting that doesn’t wear its heart on its sleeve. A beautiful elegy to lost ways of life, parts of life that we leave behind (willingly or unwillingly), and a gently spoken hint at renewal. Moving and accomplished; it’s a lovely thing.

The two poems posted on The Poetry Shed are ‘Boy on a Ladder’ and the title poem of There are Boats on the Orchard,  both of which are accompanied by Sara Fletcher’s illustrations (see below).

Order the pamphlet for £7 plus p&p: There are Boats on the Orchard

Order two or more books from this website and postage and packing are free.




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