“This intensely lyrical sequence of poems shapes sculpture into words – vivid, accessible, compelling, but most of all, humane. Sculpture of Nine Verses, for instance, derives from a piece of abstract art, but through its finely controlled language transforms itself into a wonderful interconnected lyric of love, possession and survival.
This is the sort of poetry that gives poetry a good name.”
“Space and the artistic process are interrogated in this startling and graceful collection. Childhood, relationship tensions, artistic creativity and silence are key motifs in twenty-one poems which take much of their inspiration from art. Each piece is sculpted using experimental white space – line breaks, pauses, word patterns – techniques that lend the work all the visual features of an art installation… All of The Spaces is a rigorous and tender exploration of space in the domestic relationship and the arts. It employs concrete form and the lyrical with tight control, and great beauty.”