A book of two halves at the Poetry Room

This March at the Poetry Room, we are looking at Jane Duran’s sublime poetry collection Coastal (Enitharmon. 2005).  The book comprises of two beautifully balanced sequences: the first tells of a daughter’s struggle to come to terms with her mother’s dementia and death; the second describes the same daughter’s experience of becoming a mother, specifically through adoption.   The poems, which are full of images of water, tell of lives and identities in flux.  Subtly executed, Duran’s writing is deeply moving in its evocation of love and loss.

We will be looking at the following poems:



Blueberry Picking

Rug From The Atlas Mountains

The Mat

Petit Pan


What Is Written





Come and join us on Tuesday 5 March at 6pm-8pm in Newcastle’s City Library, third floor.  Turn right out of the lifts and keep walking until you find us in a semi-circle of chairs.  Everyone is extremely welcome – regulars and first timers alike!  Looking forward to seeing you then. ( A quick note on next month:  just to say we will be meeting on the second Tuesday in April (9th), as the first Tuesday follows the Easter bank holiday.)