BOOK: The Book of Blood by Vicki Feaver
Vicki Feaver, Emeritus Professor
Split between dark and light, this book records the dichotomy of human experience with unflinching force and clarity. It deals with break-up, depression, illness and death. But it also reveals an intense involvement with nature and a capacity for healing and love. There are intimate personal poems reflecting on relationships with people and creatures; poems which enter the lives of real and imaginary characters, Keats and Medea and Blodeuwedd, for example; and also poems which engage with paintings and political events.
Set in a territory which connects child with adult, myth with reality, the personal with the universal, the book shows a poet fully open to the richness and possibilities of the world but also aware of its violence and pain, not as a remote observer but as someone who is a part of it.
“Feaver’s collection draws upon the mythic, but is fully attuned to real-world complexities; she doesn’t attempt to offer us easy solutions in poetry, because in reality none exist. As a poet, she is better and wiser than that.” Sarah Crown, The Guardian
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