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Touching Distances

Authors: Anne Cluysenaar

Published by Cinnamon Press

ISBN: 9781909077188

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In this most engaging and transformative collection of diary poems, Anne Cluysenaar moves through two years of life, 2010 – 2012. The passage of time is traced through the changing seasons from one frost bitten, wind-swept December to another. The wintery framework that encases this uniquely organic collection is a comfortable fit, given the questions posed throughout the collection about death and life’s transient nature.

From the outset, the poems display a keen sense of journeying - not so much literally travelling over distances, but, rather, journeying inwardly through past, present and imagined future experiences. The language is invitational: accessible for a wide readership, though always multi-layered and rich in meaning.

Anne Cluysenaar was born in Belgium, the daughter of the Belgian-Scottish artist John Cluysenaar and his wife, the painter Sybil Fitzgerald Hewat and the family moved to Britain just before the outbreak of World War II. She has lectured in literature, linguistics and creative writing at the universities of Manchester, Dublin, Aberdeen, Lancaster and Birmingham. She has been published widely in magazines and anthologies, founded two literary journals: Sheaf and Scintilla. Amongst her titles are: as an editor, The Selected Poems of Henry Vaughan, and as a poet, Timeslips: New and Selected Poems (Carcanet, 1997).

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