Attention to detail and recreation of atmosphere in poems such as ‘The Wood Carver’ allow the reader to share the poet’s experiences. We can see “The metallic green of a Mallard’s head” and smell “the burning wood in the workshop.” There is loss and heartbreak, but love and humanity shine through to create an ultimately uplifting debut from a poet with a compelling lyric voice whose observations are beautiful and powerful.
Poet and Editor (Magma Literary Journal)
Lisa Kelly is on the editorial board of Magma Literary journal. She is currently editing a forthcoming edition devoted to poems about hearing and deafness (Lisa is partially deaf herself) in collaboration with Raymond Antrobus. She is also a frequent host of the poetry events on Sundays at the Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town, London, and teaches a monthly poetry workshop there.
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