Published by Cinnamon Press
Rise celebrates Gill McEvoy’s extraordinary and fortunate survival of ovarian cancer. The poems move from an opening stalked by death, through days marked off between clinic appointments – ‘touching every day with careful fingers’ – to a highly-charged appreciation of life, and of grace.
“The poems… move lightly, accurately, staying no longer than they need to, finding what they need for life even on difficult ground. They are always ready, on the turning of a line, to rise and fly.”
Gill McEvoy was born in London and now lives in Chester, where she organises a number of poetry events. Her own poems have appeared widely in magazines, including Acumen, Agenda, The Frogmore Papers and The Shop. Her previous books are the Happenstance pamphlets Uncertain Days (2006) and A Sampler (2008), and the full collection The Plucking Shed (Cinnamon Press, 2010). A 2012 Hawthornden Fellow, she lives in Chester.