Doris Kareva is one of Estonia's leading poets, and Shape of Time is her eleventh book of poetry and her first full collection to be published in the UK.
The poet suggests that it is composed like a piece of music in three 'movements'. The first, After the World, presents as its central theme a post-apocalyptic picture of despair; the second, Deo et Die, develops, by drawing on the beauty of nature and language, a measured message of hope; and the third, Shape of Time, through a process of re-evaluation and reconstruction, consolidates a new order. A short fourth part, Zero Point Reflection, reflects by way of a finale on what has gone before from a slightly different perspective, serving to underline the ambiguities and uncertainties of the poet's journey through time.
ISBN: 978-1904614-89-0 (pbk), 978-1906570-37-8 (hbk)
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
Published June 2010