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The book brings together poems in response to an open call to poets, some of whom work, or have worked, in the field of addiction, or have had more personal experience of the subject.
John Torrance (1933-1921) was a poet, political historian and former Vice-Principal of Hertford College, Oxford. His books include a poetry collection, Waterwheel (Oversteps Books, 2013) and the critical study Karl Marx’s Theory of Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 1995). Rowland Molony: Just as Thomas Hardy could make a poem out of ordinary events, John punctuated his day, his life, with poems that are like diary entries, but which always seek the seam of gold. John had a fine ear for rhythm and rhyme … he could use them to write of heartfelt pain and also the surprise of joy.
Elizabeth Diamond is a prize-winning poet. She had a pamphlet and a collection published when she lived in Hertfordshire and regularly read her poetry in London. She took an eighteen year break from writing poetry to concentrate on prose, which culminated in two-book deal with Picador for her first novel, An Accidental Light. Eight years ago, she returned to her first love, poetry. Voices is the result of that return. Ian Royce Chamberlain A deeply moving collection………. Diamond frequently redeploys that first person device, drawing you in so effectively. You become Bertha Mason, you are trapped on the roof of Grenfell Tower, you are the nemesis iceberg…
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