From Cookie to Witch is an Old Story
Published by Hearing Eye
Two children’s tales, ‘The Gingerbread Boy’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’, combine to create the central metaphor of the narrative poem, which follows the life of a runaway girl, from naivety through maturity and beyond. From Cookie to Witch is an Old Story was written at a time in the author's life when her adolescent daughters were more and more away from home, travelling and/or at university. In psycho-babble, this is called ‘the empty nest syndrome’. It is, in any case, a time of transformation, the dying embers of useful parenthood from which a renewed sense of human purpose may, phoenix-like, arise.
Illustrated with five woodcuts by Emily Johns.
Letterpress printed by Peter Lloyd at The Holbeche Press.
“Frankly, you shouldn’t even try to resist this book...”
Chris Beckett, Poetry London
“… It’s beautifully economical for the momentous theme of motherhood and is told humorously, concretely, sophisticatedly and tellingly.”
Herbert Lomas, Ambit
Leah Fritz moved to London from New York in 1985. Three collections of her poetry, From Cookie to Witch is an Old Story, Somewhere en Route and The Way to Go, were subsequently published by Loxwood Stoneleigh in Bristol, and individual poems frequently appear in magazines and anthologies. Hearing Eye also published a special letterpress booklet, illustrated by Emily Johns, From Cookie to Witch is an Old Story (a poem), in 2004. Going, Going…, her fourth volume, was published by Bluechrome in 2007. In 2009, Leah Fritz was commended by Carol Ann Duffy, adjudicator of the Poetry on the Lake competition, for her poem: 'Four Gentlemen Reminisce About Allen Ginsberg'. Her articles and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, Literary Review, Acumen, PN Review, Poetry Review and other publications.