The Poetry Cafe,
22 Betterton Street,
Mary J. Oliver & Lynne Hjelmgaard | Official Launch - Jim Neat & A Second Whisper
An evening of readings from both new books, followed by a Q & A chaired by Amy Wack.
More details coming soon.
About the books
Jim Neat is an unusual and striking coalescing of prose, poetry, found documents and photographs. It ranges across the history of 20th century England and Canada as she uncovers the life of her father, Jim Neat (b. 1904). She adopts a legal structure, making ‘the case’ for the worth of Jim’s life in a fascinating memoir of a tragic, but not unimportant life.
A Second Whisper is a thoughtful and sensitive collection that reflects the changing identities of a woman: in motherhood, in widowhood, in friendship and grief. There are elegies to the loss in 2014 of her mentor and partner, the poet Dannie Abse, and also poems to her late husband who died in 2006. These poems are both elegiac and celebratory: they move and change tone as the author travels to the past and negotiates through the geography of grief and feelings of displacement in London, and finally opens to her new life in the present.