By Grace Wells

Fur

Grace Wells’ second collection explores our relationship with this “astonishing world”.

Description

Grace Wells’ second collection of poems is a sustained meditation on our relationship with nature, with the flora and especially the fauna with which we share this “astonishing world”. The poems are “awed by howl and answer—/ by whatever it is that longing does / when it meets itself in the woods”.

But if the relationship can be an enabling one, allowing the poet to go beyond the limits of herself, to put seal “skin onto her back” and walk out “into darkness”, it is also one that our unthinking custodianship of the planet puts at risk.

The poems of Fur do not see the animal realm as entirely other, as a place to view or visit. Indeed much of their strength derives from a refusal to acknowledge arbitrary boundaries. We encounter animals both as themselves and as symbols of some higher power. Against this exploration of transformation and redemption is woven a glimpsed narrative of emotional struggle and survival, of love and love lost; and a delicate balance is achieved.

“A poet of depth and elegance, of sparkling intuition and studied formality, Grace Wells is one of the twelve apostles at the feast of poetry. Her work will endure for its beautiful seriousness, its style, its sense of purpose.” – Thomas McCarthy


ISBN 978-1910251126 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 102 pp
2015

Additional information

Weight .15 kg
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781910251126
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 102 pp
  • Published: : October 2015

About The Author

Author

GRACE WELLS was born in London in 1968, and moved to rural Tipperary in 1991. Nature, spirit of place and ecological concern have been large themes in her writing ever since the publication of her debut children’s novel Gyrfalcon (O’Brien Press, 2002), which won the Eilís Dillon Best Newcomer Award and was an International White Ravens Choice. Her debut poetry collection When God has been Called Away to Greater Things (Dedalus Press, 2010), won the Rupert and Eithne Strong Best First Collection Award, and was shortlisted for the London Festival Fringe New Poetry Award. With her second poetry collection Fur (Dedalus Press, 2015), Wells moved more deeply into eco-poetics and eco-feminism. Fur was lauded in Poetry Ireland Review as ‘a book that enlarges the possibilities of poetry’, and her poem Otter was Highly Commended by the Forward Prize. She has reviewed Irish poetry for a wide range of journals, and has taught and mentored emerging writers on behalf of Poetry Ireland, Words Ireland, and for many County Council Arts Offices. In 2018 Grace Wells moved to County Clare, which has informed her new work with a coastal, marine light. She is currently working on her third collection, Home, a meditation on belonging within culture, body, self and nature in our era of ecological crisis. The poems are accompanied by a sequence of eco-poetry-films, Wells’ Home Movies. REVIEW EXCERPT “A poet of depth and elegance, of sparkling intuition and studied formality, Grace Wells is one of the twelve apostles at the feast of poetry. Her work will endure for its beautiful seriousness, its style, its sense of purpose.”