Earth-Quiet

Poems from the Tower Poetry Summer School 2012

Edited by Alan Gillis and Kevin Young, participants who contributed to Earth-Quiet were

Sophie Clarke
Millie Guille
Dom Hale
Ruth Irwin
Elizabeth Johnson
Clare Mulley
Camille Ralphs
Abigail Richards
Hannah Tran
Will Tyas
Molly Underwood
Phoebe Walker
Charles Whalley

Contents

Gorse Fires; Cameraman; Halloween; Bleaklow – Hunting for limpets; Elegy for Michelangelo; Pomegranate – The Pelican; The Silences; Pheasant’s Wood; Sonnet – Amateur Advice for Living; Thoughts on the music of a room; London Sonnet; PotatOde – Planting Hollyhocks; The Birdman- Death of a character; Riddle; Lavender; Post-war Japan in paint –  The Innocence/Guilt of the Mayor of Figueres; The Outsider’s Observation of the Wedding; Kissing Sappho –  A premature elegy for that time; Threadbare, Lovely; A Matter Of Course –  November; The Voyage Out ; Twitching –  For Katie (and Katie); When you were thirty-five; Choristers; Not a ‘love’ poem – You, ending; Unhero; Balloon Song –  Plenty; Train; The Penumbras –  The Rabbit in the Road is an Offering from your Bad Dreams; ALL THOSE NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE

ISBN  978-0-9549932-8-3/ Published 2013

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Anyone interested in what the best of young poetic talent in the UK sounds like right now is, I think, in for a treat. There’s a pleasingly vernacular freshness of voice: sure but searching, rooted but expansive; and there’s a beguiling variety of style and subject manner.
Alan Gillis