Kim Moore and The Art of Falling

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.

Kim Moore

I’ll let the poems speak for themselves. Oh, you can get her book from the publisher, Seren, here


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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4 Responses to Kim Moore and The Art of Falling

  1. E.E. Nobbs says:

    Yes, I love Kim’s pamphlet , If We Could Speak Like Wolves . Very pleased to read the three poems here today. I’m very taken with that fantastic word orchestrating in “The Art of Falling” poem. Wow! Thanks. All the best with the new collection, Kim.

  2. sharonmccallum says:

    Brilliant pamphlet, brilliant poem. I heard Kim reading from If We Could… at StAnza poetry festival earlier this year and was blown away by her matter-of-fact skill and honesty.

  3. Great to hear your views and that you heard her read from Wolves. Thanks, Sharon. Love. B x

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