Inventive form, innovative language and an ability to push at the boundaries of poetry are hallmarks of Susan Richardson’s distinctive and vivid poetry. These poems are alive on the page; challenging, full of wordplay, but always deeply thoughtful and engaging. Enriched by Pat Gregory’s extraordinary black and white prints, skindancing moves beyond us beyond our comfort zones with poetry that is as visually exciting as it is linguistically and conceptually textured.
Visceral and original, skindancing weaves myth with text-speak, shamanic lore with ecological angst, language poetry with the quotidian, to produce a collection that inspires, excites and demands to be read again.
Susan Richardson is a poet, performer and educator. Her collection of poetry, Creatures of the Intertidal Zone, was inspired by her journey through Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland in the footsteps of an intrepid eleventh century female Viking, and one of the themes is the impact of environmental issues on the Arctic and sub-Arctic. Her second collection, Where the Air is Rarefied, was a dazzling collaboration with visual artist, Pat Gregory, exploring environmental and mythological themes relating to the Far North, including an exhibition which toured galleries in Wales and beyond.