Monday, 28 February 2011
In 'The Englishwoman' I mentioned my writer-aunt Annabelle. She has a book of poems coming out on 12 March. It is called Dressed in Water and is published by Dionysia Press, Edinburgh. Her surname is Despard. She also has a poem of hers called 'Should you die first' included in a new anthology edited by Neil Astley called Being Human (published by Bloodaxe). This poem was displayed on the London Underground and is also included in the anthology of Underground poems.
Although I write the occasional poem myself, I'm not a great reader of poetry. Perhaps I don't have the patience; I prefer a story. But I have read some of Annabelle's poems and I liked them a lot. They are direct enough for anyone to understand them (even me) and they are moving.