2001 Bloodaxe Books
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Beyond Calling Distance is my
first collection published by Bloodaxe Books in
2001. It was awarded the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
Best First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys
Memorial Prize and for East England
Arts' Six of the Best Awards in the New Talent category.
The poems were written over a period of
around six years. Putting together this collection was an unnerving
experience as I began to recognise distinct themes and obsessions which
I'd been unaware of when working on only a handful of poems at a time.
Below are a list of some of the key words and images I discovered: you
can follow them through different poems to gain a sense of how the book
connects together. These ideas and images appeared unconsciously and
I'm still not sure why I'm drawn to them: sometimes it's good not to
know too much, for the writer as well as the reader!