‘Traces’, Poems by Jack Faricy

Jack Faricy’s debut collection, Traces, now available from Calder Valley Poetry.

In his first collection, Traces, Jack Faricy gives us a wonderfully diverse set of poems, united by a keen eye for unexpected detail and technical skill. He is particularly good at the short, tightly-packed poem where every word and line-break is made to count.

Traces is a collection that satisfies on many levels – the language, the ideas, the use of form, the emotional tone.
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I think this is an outstanding collection: dispassionate and clear-eyed observation, presented in a variety of well-mastered verse forms … a gift for long complex sentences which turn out to be perfectly understandable and nicely balanced … admirable assurance.
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To order, follow the link – https://caldervalleypoetry.com/book-shop/. If this doesn’t work, go in to www,caldervalleypoetry.com and click on ‘Bookshop’. Scroll down until you reach ‘Traces’.

A Gowpen, poems by John Duffy – video ‘launch’.

A Gowpen is John Duffy’s fifth publication, and the second with Calder Valley Poetry, following Glamourie in 2016. The poems start with nature, but travel into an uncertain future by way of the gardens of Versailles, Glasgow’s Gallowgate, Walthamstow in London, and a couple of fantasy encounters.

Clearly, the usual launch is not possible, so John’s son, David, has put together a short video in which John reads a few of the poems, chats with his publisher and shares some of his thoughts on poetry and writing.

Follow this link to John Duffy and A Gowpen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhV-loUoQDA&t=12s

‘Lure’ – poems by Alison Lock

Another new publication from Calder Valley Poetry.

Here, a woman writes for her life. The resulting book is transformative, a liminal journey into the bones of a seemingly familiar landscape with the power to kill or save. Lure is unafraid, the work of a remarkable poet.
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Out of physical trauma, Alison Lock creates a gorgeous lyric evocation of a unique part of Yorkshire, and therefore the world.
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To order, follow the link – https://caldervalleypoetry.com/book-shop/. If this doesn’t work, go in to www,caldervalleypoetry.com and click on ‘Bookshop’. Scroll down until you reach ‘Lure’.

‘A Gowpen’ – poems by John Duffy

New publication from Calder Valley Poetry.

‘Deeply felt, meticulously crafted and always musical … full of human warmth and compassion.’                                                                                                                                                    Jo Haslam  

‘John Duffy asks us to attend to detail, to attune ourselves with precision to the small, deep moments in life … rich with intensity.’                                                       Zetta Bear

YouTube ‘launch’ video out soon. Details to follow.

To order, follow the link – https://caldervalleypoetry.com/book-shop/. If this doesn’t work, go in to www,caldervalleypoetry.com and click on ‘Bookshop’. Scroll down until you reach ‘A Gowpen’.

What’s a gowpen, you’re wondering? A mere £8.70, inc p&p, will supply the answer. And provide you with much, much more.

 

Sodium 136 – Carole Bromley

Kate Clanchy’s response to Carole Bromley’s pamphlet, Sodium 136, recently published by Calder Valley Poetry, and available through the following link – https://caldervalleypoetry.com/book-shop/

‘Most of us, now, experience a passage of time in hospital, either as patient or carer, and the extreme, debilitating, animal emotions that go with such closeness to mortality. We tend, though, when we return to our lives, to say little about what we have seen, perhaps because is too dark to bear. Sodium 136 opens up one of these purgatorial journeys with honesty, unsparing clarity, and scalpel like precision. This book sheds light on our dark places. I will remember it for a long time.’

Launch of Sodium 136

Clare Shaw says of Carole Bromley’s Sodium 136, a sequence of poems written almost two years ago during a long spell in hospital for brain surgery, ‘This is not just a record of physical suffering – it is a powerful and profoundly intelligent exploration of grief, gratitude, fear, love, and joy. Poetry at its best.’

Last evening, in the Marriott Room at York Central Library,  Carole read to a sell-out audience. The fear and anxiety of serious illness are there in the poems, but so is courage, humility and humour. All these qualities were brought out in a sensitive reading.

Carole was supported by poets Stuart Pickford, with shrewd observations about running obsession, and Emma Storr, who read from her best-selling 2019 collection, Heart Murmur.

Sodium 136 and Heart Murmur are both available from http://www.caldervalleypoetry.com.