These poems navigate a human life and cross the Earth, touching on love, loss of love, warzones, motherhood, art, nature, ageing, forgiveness: images both tender and sharp, and grounded in the everyday:
Smallbluemobilephone rings its dinky tune.
But it never rings. Where is it? Who can it be?
I scrabble in the bottom of my bag,
I fumble with the somany buttons
Dazzling sunny days, hot desert sands, the cool damp of ancient churches, a sterile hospital ward, and overstuffed handbags come together in Blue Saxophone.
“I find these poems impressive and searching, elegant and thought-provoking.”
Paul Sutherland (founder Dream Catcher, poet)
Because poetry is an artifact and shapes itself to something more than mere reference or reportage, the pain and suffering, both global and personal, in Rosemary Palmeira’s work often leads through to a sense of reconciliation, even a kind of forgiveness. The poems are coloured and perfumed; they glow and glitter, but they are disturbing. Don’t expect them to be easy.
Nigel Forde (poet, actor, presenter BBC’s Bookshelf)