Jo Reed's encounter with the original 'Stone Venus', entangled amongst seaweed on a Corfu beach, was the source of much inspiration, creativity and comfort to the lifelong artist. Later, it became the seed of her first collection of poetry; a collection you could soon be holding in your outstretched hand, much like Jo held 'Venus' herself on that cold morning.
The poet demonstrates a fascination with objects – as well as people, memories and places – throughout this moving, delicately-crafted debut. She inhabits them, transports them to decades past, then brings them back into the present with a series of skillful literary flourishes. This is writing to touch, inspire and astonish any reader – even those made of stone.
“Poems which show due care for the reader, often capable of a startling justness of phrase or rhythm ... an attentiveness to both art and experience.”
— W.N. Herbert
“Even if I didn’t know, I’d be able to tell the poems were written by a visual artist; like a stained glass with each bit showing a different part of Jo's life. Lovely.”
— Pauline Plummer
Date Published: 2011-06-27
Catalogue Number: VP0013
Number of Pages: 52
Cover design by Jamie McGarry
Cover photographs by the author
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