At the heart of these three poignant and incisive poetry collections is the intrinsic connection between humans and the environment. Whether this be the collective responsibility we all share in tackling climate change, the expansion of the concept of motherhood to champion the role of ‘mother nature’, or the refuge we can find in the natural word when our own bodies are failing us, all three poets firmly situate their collections in the place we call home, simultaneously celebrating this place and elegising its gradual destruction.
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The Sound of the Earth Singing to Herself by Ricky Ray
Ricky Ray entwines the beauty of the world and his love of life with the weight of physical pain he shoulders daily, in this stunning chapbook which urges you to find a new meaning in nature’s mysterious workings: ‘Every time I look up / into a canopy, I see a mind at work.’
‘Ricky Ray’s The Sound of the Earth Singing to Herself is a private archive of “unholstered” embodiment, imagining disability not as a disconnect or alienation from the environment but as a curious kinship with it. Both cruelly and comfortingly, Earth Singing reminds us every god and monster in this country, including the land, with “go to rot” together one day.’
- Dylan Krieger, author of Giving Godhead, The Mother Wart, and Soft-Focus Slaughterhouse
‘Throughout The Sound of the Earth Singing to Herself, Ricky’s poems ask the world to stay just a little longer. They admit, with grace, what they don’t understand. They offer thanks. But what they do most singularly is care. Ricky’s poems care about life, love, dogs, birds, gentleness, unknowing, wonder, and more. To read this book is to learn, just a little bit better, how to live.’
- Devin Kelly, author of In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen, and Blood on Blood
These Mothers of God by Rachel Bower
This poetry collection seeks to recover the lived experiences of women who have appeared only fleetingly in official histories, and also pushes towards a more expansive understanding of ‘motherhood’, inclusive of broader urgent issues about gender and our collective responsibilities for lives, environments and natural worlds.
‘Powerful, compelling and exquisitely crafted, These Mothers of Gods is a tour-de-force of female-focussed storytelling.’
- Teika Marika Smits, Writer and Editor
“In Rachel Bower’s powerful new collection, you will find mothers displaced, mothers deceived, mothers labouring to stay sane and alive. But woven amongst any vulnerability is a fierce celebration of the mother-body, opened up to prove the unique and complex
stories each one holds.’
- Rebecca Goss, Poet
We Saw It All Happen by Julian Bishop
In this dark but sometimes humorous Ecopoetry collection, Julian Bishop moves from the bowels of Whitechapel in London, to the intricacies of jellyfish to bring to life the most important fight known to man: climate change. An anguished celebration of nature loved and lost, Bishop documents the changes to our plant and the attitudes of humanity across the globe towards it.
"You can almost feel your own breath fluttering while you read it, such is the skill of the writing"
- Seán Hewitt, Poets & Players Prize Judge
“A poignant, bubbling, anguished celebration of nature loved and lost.”
- Professor Dave Goulson, Author of Silent Earth, Averting The Insect Apocalypse
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