Out of Breath
Published by Cinnamon Press
In this lively and varied collection fleeting evocations of memory, romance and belonging are woven skilfully together by a mature voice with an intuitive respect for the power of language. So in ‘Concrete Poetry’ we read: ‘Yet I saw cracks in the carpark prised open by daffodils / and a tulip-bright woman high on spring in her heels’.
There is a resonant recognition of change and the fragility of life in these sometimes poignant, always perfectly controlled pieces This is precisely honed material from a poet long overdue for a debut collection.
Noel Williams has published poetry widely in magazines including Assent, Envoi, Dreamcatcher, Fourteen, The Frogmore Papers, Iota, Orbis, Other Poetry and twenty anthologies. He’s won the New Writer, Wasafiri, Elmet Yorkshire and Sentinel competitions, as well as Cinnamon’s own Poetry Award and has had three poems nominated for the Forward Prize. He is co-editor of Antiphon, Associate Editor of Orbis and writes reviews for The North and Sphinx. He has a PhD in English from Sheffield and an MA in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam, where he’s also Professor of Communications. He runs local writing workshops and is one of the organizers of Sheffield’s Poetry Festival.