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Three poets, two pamphlets and a collection
Join Cinnamon Press for an online literary evening via Zoom, with three superb poets whose new collections deserve to be celebrated.

In Clyde: my river G W Colkitto takes us on an extended journey that travels as much through time as place. Deftly weaving together scenes from childhood to adulthood, from family to social commentary and politics with a river that is itself as much a character as the parents, brothers, royalty and worker who populate these poems, Colkitto conjures a tone that is at once wistful and precise; that is both astute and deeply humane.

In the initial sequence of Touched, and following short lyrics, the writer explores the experience of living with long-term, and severe mental states. There is no safe haven of medical “pathology” here, but an urgent rite of passage for the damaged and conflicted soul. A form of modern Purgatory – escaping the grasping jaws of Inferno, to find itself stumbling towards a rarefied, yet earthy, Paradiso.

‘For we are all of the dust of stars, reborn hunter and hunted, to soar splay-winged across the moon or shadow the lonely light of angler fish.’ The final lines from the opening poem in Jigsaw, David Underdown’s third Cinnamon collection, hint at what is to follow, poems that range from the cosmic to the domestic, but all characterised by acute observation. The reader will also find a sense of the surreal and, above all, an empathy and relish for the many oddities and poignancies of existence. The book concludes with a sequence of poems to ‘the grandfather I never knew’.

The event will begin at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday March 30 and will include a Q&A session with the online audience after the readings.

We're asking you to register so that we can we manage the event and to contribute a small registration fee which you can offset by using the discount code available during the launch against book purchases for all attendees.

We hope to see you there.

Mar 30, 2022 07:30 PM in London

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