Welcome to 2023 at Maytree.
We can’t quite believe that we’re now beginning our fourth year of poetry publishing and preparing to launch what will be our forty second publication out into the world.
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To help celebrate the new year we thought we’d take a look back at Sarah Barr’s appropriately titled collection, January.
Sarah is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction for both children and adults. You can find out more about her work and other publications by visiting her website here – About Sarah Barr – Sarah Barr (sarah-barr.com)
About January, award winning poet, John McCullough writes:
“Sarah Barr writes subtle poems that probe the edges of uncertainties, the details of objects and landscapes gradually revealing her speakers’ unease. The disjunctions in the title piece evoke the sudden leaps of a mind actively thinking, the white spaces between stanzas inviting us to imagine what’s going on beneath the clipped surface of the language. Elsewhere, simple phrasing holds carefully nuanced images: the menace of cracking ice, a long-married couple surrounded by ‘masks / and stiff-limbed, velvet-dressed dolls.’ The writing carries on unfolding inside the reader long after their eyes have left the page.”
But don’t just take our words for it, you can also read the collection of five star reviews in our online store here – January by Sarah Barr – Maytree Press
This time I’m taking more notice –
the sandbags, submerged fields,
flooded crypt, the marooned town.
There’s more water than the land
can use, or the skies hold.
Perhaps it’s natural
to shiver with excitement
at this odd, reflective world.
A swan wings upward, abandons
its mirror-image on the bright lagoon.
Are there going to be two
of everything, including me?
I think about new surfaces
and new below-the-surfaces.
Earwigs are gorging on lush
Their brittle bodies, pincers and folded wings,
remind me of childhood
and our proximity to small creatures like these
living in earth, bark and under stones
where we found their pearly eggs.
I can still hear my brother chuckling,
see his smile and smudged, rosy cheeks
as he gathers and stuffs these insects into his ears.
It made a sort of logic to a three-year-old,
then perhaps bewildered
as my mother shrieked and tried to shake them out.
I want to remember him outside playing
before the rules took over.
January, along with many other great titles, is available from our online store now. And don’t miss out as for the remainder of January every book order receives a free limited edition Maytree Press tote bag which is perfect for carrying your favourite books.
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