In Short of Breath, Vivien Jones finds music in the luter’s detritus, the lament of the planet Pluto, the chatter of two fat ladies in a hair salon, graffiti in a rural bus shelter, the craftsmen’s saw rip-cutting, cross-cutting, the sigh of scissors, the creaking oak wood, the rhythm of the breathing of an asthmatic child. These beautifully observed poems are full of insight into the joy and sadness of being human.
Vivien Jones is launching Short of Breath in Dalbeattie on 24 November and at Blackwell’s bookshop Edinburgh on 4 December. Details of these events here.
Buy the book for £8 plus p&p here: Short of Breath
The Fire in Me Now by Michael Curtis is The Poetry Kit’s book of the month
We are delighted that Jim Bennett has chosen The Fire in Me Now as Poetry Kit’s book of the month. This is the third Cultured Llama book that has been selected: Digging Up Paradise by Sarah Salway and The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood by Hilda Sheehan were previous selections. Jim Bennett says:
“In this new collection, Michael Curtis, is tackling the themes of life, love and death. He manages to avoid cliché and finds new things to say in bold new poems that confront and present challenging ideas. There is a deceptive simplicity that hides in the clear and precise images that he presents. Outstanding poems for me, Proof Positive. Looking Back and Landings.”
Read Jim Bennett’s full review of The Fire in Me Now on the Poetry Kit website. The Fire in Me Now is £8 plus p&p