A very diverse collection of poems threaded through with stunning images of gardens and sewing collated together in a mix of dark and playful, formal and experimental, and personal and historical poetry. These are poems which feel borderless; images seamlessly flow into each other- the rigid ice of language cracks to reveal the door closing with a kiss or the woman becoming her harp. This is a transformative, joyous collection where the everyday blends with the vibrant.
Alyal is a painter who applies brilliant observation with precise brushstrokes and a clear, questioning intelligence. Everything is observed with a cool passion, using a full palette of colours and emotions. She stretches with ease from back yards to hidden constellations, deftly slipping through chinks in time. Leave-takings and disconnections flip to reveal startling new alliances, pin-sharp and exact.
This collection is endorsed by Char March, Andrew McMillan, James Nash and Oz Hardwick.