Book of Sand

The new Featured Writer isn’t one writer but a book of poets and artists who have responded to each other’s creations in an interlocking sequence that is Book of Sand, the dream child of poet Karen Dennison. The book takes its name from Jorge Luis Borges’ story The Book of Sand (1975) which was the seedcorn for a piece of art which was in turn given to a poet to respond to and so on. The chain is ongoing and there will be at least one more edition, says Karen.

In the first edition there are poems by Emer Gillespie, Sharon Black, Valerie Morton, Abegail Morley and E.E. Nobbs. Artwork by Chris Ruston, Michaela Ridgway, Gwen Simpson, Sam Smith and Karen Dennison.

Tamar Yoseloff writes: ‘A unique meeting of visionary poets and artists, who enter into a dialogue that at once informs and heightens their individual works. This small collection is a joy, and once again confirms that we need both the visual and the verbal to understand the world as a whole.’


About Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin is a poet and a novelist. Cinnamon Press published her third collection, All the Time in the World in 2017. Another pamphlet is forthcoming with Three Drops Press. Her second novel, What the horses heard, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2014. Her second poetry collection - A Handful of Water - was published by Cinnamon in 2013. Her first - River is the Plural of Rain - was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. Her novel Liar Dice won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in 2010 and was published in 2011. She lives on Dartmoor and writes occasional pieces about wildlife and nature. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines and in several anthologies.
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2 Responses to Book of Sand

  1. E.E. Nobbs says:

    I’m pleased to see you highlighting Karen’s project. It was exciting and a privilege to have a poem in the first Book of Sand. Karen did a great job of coordinating the collaborations and producing a high quality (in all respects) pamphlet.

  2. Glad to give it another airing. Congrats for being in this lovely book. What a fantastic idea.

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