Please join me for the launch of
- ‘I read the collection in a sitting (didn’t want to stop!) Beautiful, sharp, zingy, compressed and loaded poems – between the prisoners, the soldiers, the islands, the creatures and those inner and outer weathers – I have many favourites and will read them all again soon, but slower – as you would when anticipating a really good wine…’ Chris Waters
- More than a Handful by Mavis Gulliver
on reading ‘A Handful of Water’
I took your book to the bath,
early morning indulgence of hot water,
time to ponder on a poem – or two.
I read and read
soaked up familiar words
Islay, Rathlin, otter, chough.
Flinched at the unfamiliar,
nervous footfalls in the Somme,
prison and cell shock.
I read and read,
didn’t notice until the end
that the water had grown cold.
- ‘They’re super – concise, interesting, accurate.’ Jean Harrison
- ‘…..how assured and strong this new collection is. I liked the last one, but this
seems to have taken a quantum leap, as they say. It feels more skilled, more
crafted, more subtle and stronger too – poised and confident and at times very
moving.‘ Roselle Angwin