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Playing Truant

Playing Truant

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An overdue, beautifully honed first collection by an accomplished poet who ‘draws out the inner light’ from the landscape she is very much part of, and from life.

A teacher, Merryn McCarthy proves how she ‘learns’ creativity with her pupils; indeed she becomes a truanting pupil in retirement, seeking freedom, as an eternally rebellious outsider, on journeys similar to theirs. Moving elegies, questing poems, and love poems – celebratory, forbidden, lost and familial – all expand into a bigger vision. A grandmother Kingsley, Eustacia Vye, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Wollstonecraft are embraced, along with classical and literary allusions, as well as references to artists and composers to make this book a very haunting read.