So we may see(Sappho Fragment 6)
it’s the silence in the walls;
the language of the bricks
the chimney flue and the muffled cry
with only the odd sigh escaping into night
beyond The Plough over oceans to your
early evening snows …
Moniza Alvi has said of Wendy French's first full collection that it is "packed with risk-taking poems, cut close to the bone." Wendy is the former headteacher of a hospital school for disturbed pupils and there are poems about them, about children in Africa and about the death of a dearly-loved niece.
There is also a wonderful sequence of poems introduced by fragments of the poems of Sappho. Wendy French is the author of two pamphlets: Sky Over Bedlam and We Have A Little Sister And She Hath No Breasts (from tall-lighthouse). She has also edited two Rockingham anthologies of hospital children's poems -- Dog Bark (for the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School) and What's Your Problem? (for the Guys Hospital Evelina School).
Published June 2005