Join Cinnamon Press for an online literary evening via Zoom, with two outstanding poets whose new collections deserve to be celebrated.
Full of wry intelligence, and a sideways perspective that digs beneath the surface of things, Robin Thomas's second collection, A Distant Hum, is creative, witty and warm. Never predictable, leaning on images from art, the cadences of jazz and remarkable moments, whether from history or life, there is an unswerving pressure on language and a sense of mischief that can turn out to be unnervingly serious. This is accomplished, confident work.
Charting winter journeys, travelling to funerals and to the anniversary of a young death, David Batten reflects on loss in its many guises. Facing grief with a meticulous attention, whether it strikes in close family or political reality, Winterreis touches on truths as urgent now as when Willhelm Müller wrote his own Winterreise, a poetry cycle with which Batten resonates and echoes, or when Franz Schubert composed his song cycle of the same name, based on Müller's poems. The poems here become an "assembly of the omens encountered while wandering in contemporary Europe..." and a commemoration of those making music and poetry, who too often die young. Poignant, cathartic and ultimately life-affirming, this is considered poetry written with grace.
The event will begin at 7.30 p.m. BST on Thursday April w9 and will include a Q&A session with the online audience after the readings.
We're asking you to register so that we can manage the online space 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.