Kim Moore is the new Featured Writer and how happy and delighted I am about that. I have always admired Kim’s poetry and loved her pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves for its sheer craft and candid heartfelt poetry. The Art of Falling includes those poems and shows how Kim has continued to develop a vein that reaches us all. It’s not that she writes in conventional form as such…by ‘craft’ I mean the wise juxtapositioning and easeful moving between inner and outer. And yet look at the sestina How I abandoned my body to his keeping where the form perfectly matches the deeply felt hurt and sense of loss in the poem. I don’t even like sestinas usually but this particular one is dynamite.
I had been reading Kim’s blog for some time before I met her on a poetry course that she was running in Cornwall (which was amazingly inspiring). On her website you can find out where she will be reading from her book, her courses and the fast-paced, fanfare of her Sunday Poem blog. Her biography on the Featured Writer page is very modest: she does loads of poetry stuff, supported lots of poets at her Residencies and is a part of the Versepolis project!
Here is another poem of Kim’s: from Wolves…
Teaching The Trumpet
I say: imagine you are drinking a glass of air.
Let the coldness hit the back of your throat.
Raise your shoulders to your ears, now let them be.
Get your cheeks to grip your teeth.
Imagine you are spitting tea leaves
from your tongue to start each note
so each one becomes the beginning of a word.
Sing the note inside your head then match it.
At home lie on the floor and pile books
on your stomach to check your breathing.
Or try and pin paper to the wall just by blowing.
I say: remember the man who played so loud
he burst a blood vessel in his eye?
This was because he was drunk, although I don’t tell
them that. I say it was because he was young,
and full of himself, and far away from home.
I’ll let the poems speak for themselves. Oh, you can get her book from the publisher, Seren, here