The Flip Side
Published in May 2023
These poems take us from the poet’s individual experience — as a child, a schoolgirl, a young adult, a woman grieving for her lost husband— up to the shared experience of the pandemic and the social isolation that lockdowns brought about. And beyond that there looms the knowledge of more intense global disaster: the destruction of the natural order in nature by climate change. Belinda Singleton looks with a calm clear eye at loss, grief, fear of the future, known and unknown, and at the value of what we are losing, but places hope in the potential of human creativity and the strength of knowing that
‘It's an awkward cuss, the soul ….
No soul, no sap. I do not want
to be sapless’.
(‘Soul as Consciousness’)
The last poems in this collection challenge the helplessness of human populations caught in the traps they have set themselves in the material world, and a reminds us that human consciousness has a ‘Flip Side’ — it can be creative as well as destructive, if it is driven by human spirit.
The Flip Side is available from 25th May 2023. (Only available in the UK).
Perfect-bound paperback, 210 x 148mm, 58pp
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Belinda Singleton comes from a business background in strategic management, primarily linked to written and oral communication. This included such hands-on experience as setting up and assessing courses at Wormwood Scrubs and Eton. She took up poetry again as a core passion in 2008. She has been published in poetry magazines and anthologies, mostly in the UK, and has been placed or commended in various national poetry competitions. She won the John Clare Open Poetry Competition Prize in 2011.She was the leader of the Wey Poets group for several years and edited their anthologies, Ripples. (2016) and Pathways (2019).
OTHER BOOKS BY BELINDA SINGLETON:
Foxes Don't Wear Watches (Lapwing, 2017)
Wavelengths, In collaboration with Kathryn Southworth (Dempsey & Windle, 2020)