Sunday, 11 October 2009

Shadow by Alison Brackenbury

Since I first read some of Alison's animal poems over on her Myspace page, I've wanted to read more. So I was delighted to find out about Shadow, a pamphlet of Alison's animal poetry, published by happenstance - always nice to support a local small press too!

Shadow is a lovely book, full of beautiful poetry about birds, hedgehogs, horses, bees and cats. (Rabbit bloggers may be slightly disappointed to find there are no rabbits - though hares make a brief appearance in The Rescue Centre.). The poetry is finely observed and beautifully written:

Starling is numerous, holds in his throat
the many colours of his oily coat.

(from On the aerial)

This is poetry centred on the love of animals, injured hedgehogs rescued from the road, lost kittens and ageing horses. This is also poetry that is open to the sadness we find in the loss of so many animals from our landscapes. Lapwings is a wonderful poem about the decline in these birds, once so common in farmland in the UK, it would be such a loss if they were to disappear altogether:

And I forgot their massive arcs of wing.
When their raw cries swept over, my head spun

with all the billiance of their black and white
as though you cracked the dark and found the sun.

Any animal lover who also loves poetry will be delighted with this book.


Shadow by Alison Brackenbury published by Happenstance, priced £4.00.

12 comments:

Elizabeth M Rimmer said...

Yes, that's a good one!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Shall pop over to have a look Juliet.

ramblingwoods said...

She writes some lovely poetry..thank you for posting this....

Jasmine said...

I'll have to check this out. Animals and birds are a love of mine :)

Coastcard said...

And I am off to check, too. Thank you for the tip-off, CGP.

Michael said...

Nice. Liked Bombus.
Sorted the Goodreads cover for Shadow. Should have two cats on it now.

Michelle Johnson said...

what poetry you've excerpted here is great. she seems to write with heart. thanks for sharing. have a great night.

Wireworks said...

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Micah said...

This is a great post.. Very informative... I can see that you put a lot of hard work on your every post that's why I think I'd come here more often. Keep it up! By the way, you can also drop by my blogs. They're about Vegetable Gardening and Composting. I'm sure you'd find my blogs helpful too.

Janice Thomson said...

I also want to check this out - the poetry is wonderful.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Is she saving the rabbits for a book of their own?

Thomma Lyn said...

"cracked the dark and found the sun" -- beautiful. Thanks for the recommendation. Alison is so talented, and I love poems about animals.