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Review: A Friable Earth, by Jackie Wills

Jackie Wills, in her new collection A Friable Earth (Arc, £9.99), engages with contemporary concerns about climate change in an historical context. She examines the soil -'gubber and gawm' in Sussex dialect and confesses 'l've beasted it, breaking it up for years'; in Road from the North she encounters 'farmworkers, rubber bullets and burning vines'; and when she sees the old address her father wrote on an empty envelope she grows young again and reflects,'I hear his Jacqueline, the four beats of 3 Stream Farm Close, the tremor of my teens.'

All the deaths came blowing in - the way a
pheasant's tall feather is carried from a
field, comes to rest between the tracks at
platform eight.

Jackie Wills, Life Expectancy