After a wonderful reading on Tuesday night at Culture Lab with Julia Copus*, it will be a delight to revisit Deryn’s work in the Poetry Room. Her 2012 collection Burying the Wren (Seren) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Her poems are both fierce and delicate, bold and precise, ranging in scale from the smallest things (a wren, a Chinese lacquer egg, a truffle) to the uncontainable wildness of intense grief, sustaining a remarkable sense of measure and power whatever their focus.
John Burnside wrote of the book: ‘A powerful, deeply moving collection whose searching, often elegiac, sometimes joyous poems remind us that grief is not an end, but another beginning, and that loss drives us, inexorably, to a new kind of finding.’
The poems we’ll be looking at will include those she read and a few others:
Burying the Wren (both versions)
A Chinese Lacquer Egg
So, we look forward to seeing you (whether you made it to the reading or not) at the next Poetry Room on Tuesday 4 June, 6pm-8pm, at Newcastle City Library.
* Julia’s book The World’s Two Smallest Humans (Faber 2012) is also a cracking collection, which is very much worth reading – we may well look at that in a future Poetry Room, if folk are interested.