My deep thanks to Maria Taylor, who has written the most lovely appreciation of Lifesaving Poems. Thank you Maria for capturing its genesis, tone and ethos with such insight.
You can find her review on her excellent Commonplace blog here.
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I am a lecturer, poet and writing tutor. I work in teacher and medical education at the University of Exeter. My anthology Lifesaving Poems was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015. In 2012 I published Riddance (Worple Press), a collection of poems, and Love for Now (Impress Books), a memoir, about my experience of cancer. My most recent books are Deck Shoes (Impress Books, 2019), a book of prose memoir and criticism, and The Afterlife (Worple Press, 2019). In 2023 I will publish The Wind and the Rain, my sixth collection of poems, with Blue Diode Press. My current research project, with Sue Dymoke from Nottingham Trent University and funded by the Foyle Foundation, is Young Poets' Stories: https://youngpoetsstories.com/. This blog is archived by the British Library.
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She’s absolutely right. Two things especially: there’s an aphoristic ring to the idea that you can’t read a poem once. I had to go back and re-read that. The other thing is about teaching. Every time I read one of your choices I’m surprised by a name I don’t know or only vaguely know. Who else does that?The Sansoms. I’m trying to remember the American writer on the teaching of reading….one of the Real Books gurus. He had a mantra, anyway. I guess that’s de rigeur for a guru. “You learn from the company you keep”. Great company, Maria Taylor and Anthony Wilson.
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Thank you, John. It means more to me than I can say that you Get What I Am Doing. Your kindness and insight are the oxygen I breathe. As ever, a.