This second collection from Rebecca Gethin reinforces her status as an astute observer of the natural world. These inquisitive, tender poems bring new appreciation – to a sensual peach or an elusive otter – through their formal variety and verbal invention. There are also powerful explorations of the interior life: whether of family, of First World War soldiers, or of the prisoners and their visitors encountered during the poet’s work in prisons.
“Gethin’s poems have a dark mineral atmosphere that is somehow never oppressive but offers a softness, and a light, a way out of the bleak.”
Greta Stoddart, Costa-shortlisted poet
“Every poem turns up sudden surprises, wonderful delights. It’s like reading a pool, beneath which there is a delirium of movement and feeling. The assurance is startling. If you want a journey into the unknown, read A Handful of Water. It’s utterly stunning.”
Rebecca Gethin won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award for Liar Dice, published in 2011 and serialised on BBC Radio Devon in September 2012. Her first poetry collection, River is the Plural of Rain, was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. She lives in Devon, where she works as a part-time Creative Writing tutor in a prison.