Published by Agenda Editions
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.