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Riverine by Eleanor Rees – Lighthouse Poetry Pamphlet III

Gatehouse press are pleased to announce the publication of Riverine by Eleanor Rees.

In this evocative new pamphlet, poet Eleanor Rees taps into the flow that runs through everyday acts of being alive.

“The Mersey’s high tide ebbs a mile from my house, trains stream behind the garden wall, beech leaves shift, geese fly, my neighbours lock the front door as they leave our flats. The 80A bus passes over the bridge though I can only hear it. Dew settles. Carbon clogs up the sky. These transitions define reality. There is no stillness and there is no lack: each local movement has an impact on the other. And poetry is another of these transitions, dynamic — a charge, a movement of energy from one state to another via rhetoric and rhythm — then travelling back out again to the interior of the reader or dispersed amongst an audience as sound and visualisation. In a world which is perpetually changing — in which there are no fixed states — the poet’s work is to morph the forms we think with.”

From the liminal spaces of suburbia to the wild, sacred landscapes of the west, Rees’ fluid lyric style draws us into a motion between the real and the imagined; where temporal lives come adrift in a timeless current. Sometimes drawing on her native Liverpool and sometimes roaming beyond into surreal, formless spaces, both Rees’ subtle voice and her acute observations are effortlessly displayed in these poems.

Intended as a companion volume to her recent collection, ‘Blood Child’, this pamphlet is an opportunity to engage with one the UK’s most distinctive voices.

“a paean to the locales and environs of the North West of England; to the city of Liverpool and its peoples’ past and present. These are magical, dynamic poems.” – Andy Brown

Posted 6 years ago

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