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You are Her

by Linda France

Linda France found the title for her new collection, You are Her, on a fading information board at Hadrian's Wall, not far from where she has lived for the past 30 years. Locating and disorientating at the same time, it set the co-ordinates for a body of work on boundaries and identity, damage and absence. Her wise and generous poems seek a place of oneness amidst inner and outer worlds, riven with dualities — the seeming paradoxes of self and society, language and experience, ideal and reality.

At the heart of the book is a section looking at Nature and Cultivation through the life and work of Capability Brown, who was born in Northumberland in 1716. These poems consider some pressing questions: how much control do we have over our environment? How does our state of mind reflect the world around us? What, in the end , will endure?

A horse-riding accident in 1995 fractured France's spine and cracked her pelvis. This injury, although on the surface healed, re-emerged in the form of flashbacks and chronic pain ten years later when several of her friends died in close succession. Many of the poems in You are Her chart the passage of grief and resolution, a cycle of re-orientation.

...a distinct, muscular and compact lyric power, with breathtaking but smooth transitions between the quotidian and the surreal.

Pascale Petit

...a restless and curious writer with a decided voice of her own... a poet with a rich and dynamic imagination and an increasingly assured technique with which to do its bidding... a new authority and at times a hard-won and startling simplicity in dealing with the nature of identity and of love.

Sean O'Brien

ISBN:978-1906570-55-2 (pbk), 978-1906570-56-9 (hbk)

Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
Pages: 92
Published 2010

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