Saturday, 19 May 2012

The Smooth Yarrow

Susan Glickman launched her new book of poems on May 10th (photos coming soon). The Smooth Yarrow is her sixth collection with Vehicule. She's been part of the Signal family from the very start of her career with her debut Complicity (1983). I love Susan's work, and after editing her selected in 2004, I thought I was familiar with all of her moves. The Smooth Yarrow, however, set me back on my heels. I don't think she's written bolder, fiercer, more surefooted or word-playful poems. Without question one of her best books.

Quill & Quire liked it too: "Glickman’s writing is defiant: like yarrow, it is lean and strong, not only beautiful, but possessed of myriad healing properties."

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