Thanks to Rebecca Gethin who has taken time to feature my new book ‘Hearth’

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Rose Cook is the latest poet to be featured here. Hearth is her newest collection, her fourth and like Notes from a Bright Field is published by the discerning Cultured Llama.

And the poems? Well, I don’t know what to say because they all give me goose pimples and it’s hard to be articulate about something that does that. Rose has a way of writing about personal experiences in a totally unsentimental way, while being characteristically frank. By employing simple but precise language each poem pierces your heart. She writes about motherhood, her son’s fall, her grief for the loss of her own mother presented through everyday actions like folding sheets, seasons, plants and wild creatures (in particular hares) and all are bound together by her distinctively observant eye, her compassion.

I think it’s her acceptance of life’s precariousness and what our bodies know about us that is a strong binding thread.

Read more on :

https://rebeccagethin.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/rose-cook-hearth/

 

A Fanfare of Contemporary Women Poets

I am delighted to be included in a new anthology Fanfare: Poems by Contemporary Women Poets edited by Wendy French & Dilys Wood and published by Second Light Publications  www.secondlightlive.co.uk  It is a rich book, full to bursting with many fine women poets.

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Falling On My Feet

 

 

Crow swings on peanuts.

In the cold and bright,

he looks like a black flag.

 

The sun has come out,

a lemon light that happens

at this time of year.

 

I am falling on my feet,

coming to land, the hush of the breath,

all things written through with light.

 

 

 

 

 

also pub in Notes From A Bright Field – Rose Cook (Cultured Llama 2013)

poem and photo Rose Cook

for International Women’s Day

 

On Bringing Up Girls

 

 

Aren’t you going to clip her wings?

they said, That’s usual for a girl her age, isn’t it?

We said we didn’t want to clip her wings

and they watched our little daughter grow

bright and strong, then they said

 

Aren’t you going to tie her feet? That’s

advisable for a young girl, isn’t it?

We said we didn’t want to tie her feet

so they saw a young woman growing

clear and brave. Before they could say anything else

we said, Now it is time to teach her to fly.

They fell back.

 

They are teaching her to fly, they repeated,

teaching her to fly.

How wonderful, murmured their daughters,

and how interesting.

 

 

poem and photograph Rose Cook

poem from Notes From a Bright Field – Rose Cook (pub Cultured Llama 2013)

For International Women’s Day March 8th

 

On Bringing Up Girls

 

Aren’t you going to clip her wings?

they said, That’s usual for a girl her age, isn’t it?

We said we didn’t want to clip her wings

and they watched our little daughter grow

bright and strong, then they said

 

Aren’t you going to tie her feet? That’s

advisable for a young girl, isn’t it?

We said we didn’t want to tie her feet

so they saw a young woman growing

clear and brave. Before they could say anything else

we said, Now it is time to teach her to fly.

They fell back.

 

They are teaching her to fly, they repeated,

teaching her to fly.

How wonderful, murmured their daughters,

and how interesting.

Rose Cook

A very special offer to buy Rose’s new book half price

Notes From a Bright Field

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As it’s Rose Cook’s birthday this February, until 1 March 2014, Cultured Llama is offering a 50% discount on her book

Here’s what you need to do to get the discount:
Click ‘add to cart’ on this page, then ‘proceed to cart’. Adjust the number of copies required. Then type CLFEB14 in the box to the left of ‘Apply Coupon’, then click ’Apply Coupon’ AND ’Update cart’. Then proceed to checkout.

 You will also get free post and packing on two or more books. This offer is exclusive to books ordered from the Cultured Llama website. You will not get these prices anywhere else. 

The code CLFEB14 expires on 1 March 2014.

Rose Cook’s Notes From a Bright Field is ‘a single quiet path, in and out’, capturing the transitory beauties of the everyday: someone’s ashes imagined as ‘Lux flakes’; the ‘fruit-gummed glass’ of a cathedral. Where the poems’ themes are of nature, loss and the spiritual, these are grounded in concrete imagery like ‘the clack-clack of the shell and the bones’.

Paperback; 104pp;  203×172 mm; 978-0-9568921-9-5; July 2013; Cultured Llama. Notes from a Bright Field costs £8.00 plus £2.00 p&p, £16.00 for two copies (p&p free)

Cultured Llama is a small independent publisher. To buy Rose’s book, click here:

http://www.culturedllama.co.uk/books/notes-from-a-bright-field