Foraging finds sustenance in the relics of our personal and collective histories, whether droll, sobering, or sad. Howard’s confident insights show love and respect for “that same tide / which will come for all of us” (“Going Back”).
One of those reviews that reminds me all over again just why I published a book. (She even mentioned how much she likes the cover.)
Well, we try not to anyway, what’s a storm when you have books to launch? Our audience was a little diminished for the launch of Foraging and With Paper for Feet, announced by a flurry of text and emails saying that various modes of transport were curtailed, delayed or unavailable.
We had a good time nonetheless. Here’s a couple of videos from the launch at The Nightingale Room at Keats House Library.
Foraging by Joy Howard is a short collection of mostly nature and personal poems. Howard runs Grey Hen Press and edits and publishes anthologies featuring poetry by older women. Her work has appeared in several publications over the years. Foraging is her first collection in quite some time.
Howard’s skill with words is quite impressive. This collection is mostly short poems that use few words to create sharp, crisp images. The words align like atoms in a perfect crystal. Every word used is needed and no word is unnecessary. Not a single word is out of place in her poetry matrix. I thought early on that this might be an arbitrary trait I picked up in her writing. Howard confirmed my thinking with the poem “A Perfect Hexagon” which examines the honeycomb structure of a beehive from an engineering and mathematical perspective. She mimics the bees efficiency in her writing…
I do love the arrival of boxes of advance copies of book, and they are coming thick and fast this month. Last week, With Paper For Feet, this weekForaging, by Joy Howard! We’ve already had our first order through for WPFF, so I’m curious how quickly we’ll get one for Foraging. (Unsubtle hint).
You can support both these books by buying them (obviously) or reviewing them (I’ll be in touch if you are on my list), if you aren’t, Netgalley have electronic copies available until February. You can also support these books through our crowd fund, which will pay for transport expenses to get out on tour, and postcards & posters to publicise the tour, amongst other things.