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On the Brink

Authors: Robin Ford

Published by Cinnamon Press

ISBN: 9781907090011

£7.99
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The third collection from this widely published Isle of Wight poet.

On the Brink is a remarkable collection from a mature and deeply humane voice. Ranging in sections from surviving mental illness to the particularities of island life, the landscape merging with emotions, via a sequence on Faustus that fizzes with humour, delightfully twisting language and astute observations of human psychology, this is a noteworthy collection from a superb voice.

Robin Ford started writing poetry in his mid-fifties after several too close encounters with the Asyla that form the subject in this volume. He worked teaching teenagers for many years and is from and of the Isle of Wight. Though keen on travelling he is very rooted to his Island and finds familiarity only deepens these roots. He has been published in a wide range of magazines including Envoi, Ambit, Magma, Tears In The Fence, Poetry Review, The Interpreter's House, The Wolf and a wide range of others. This is his third collection, the previous two, After The Wound and Never Quite Prepared For Light were published by Arrowhead Press. Robin runs the group 'High Tide Poets' for people recovering from and/or with continuing mental illness and also runs an Open Mic for poetry and music at Quay Arts in Newport, Isle of Wight. He lives in Ventnor with his partner of over twenty years, James.
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