Stitching the Dark draws on four previous books and includes a whole new collection, her strongest and most formally adventurous. In these new poems, there is a deeper engagement with the universal predicament of how to live in the face of mortality ñ of what it means to exist, and to cease existing.
The title suggests that the act of writing ñ the search for the right words ñ is an attempt to repair, illuminate, and give form to what is unknown, fearful, perplexing. But the collection is by no means solemn. There is also wit and celebration, dark humour and a fine sense of the absurd, as well as poems challenging our responses to events that do not affect us directly.
"Graceful yet tough writing, authentic and finely tuned."
"Her unobtrusive approach is deceptive ñ these poems have unexpected stings in their tails."
"Tensions we can all recogniseÖ both gripping to read and positive in spiritÖ Her particular gift is for catching the poignant detail of inescapable human dilemmas