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Review: Acres of Light, by Katherine Gallagher

On the back cover of this fine Arc volume Martyn Crucefix writes of the poet's new collection being 'bejewelled throughout with haiku-like moments of vivid observation'

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Many of these poems evoke the world of journeying and the accumulations acquired along the way. As the epigraph to 'Odyssey' puts it, 'The danger of travelling / is how it takes you over'. We move from Maldon (the poet's birthplace in Victoria) to Chartres; a ring bought in Florence becomes a talisman in Welsh fog near Brecon; the gold-mining town of Daylesford in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range is haunted by the poet's mother whilst a leisurely riverboat ride 'through Shepperton to Hampton Court' follows the Thames.