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Categories: 21st Century, British, First Collections, Scottish, Women
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (80 pages)
(Pub. Oct 2012)
Overwintering is coming through, emerging into the light of a new season. Pippa Little’s book explores what survives and grows from the dark energies of winter, night and loss, from the buried past and the imagination’s depths. Landscapes speak of ancient violences and hold the hope of resolution. Love survives; the richness of the world replenishes.
Little’s poems have a sensual delight in qualities of light and texture, in imagined realities and the fantastical real. ‘Hope is winter light,’ she writes, ‘is day arriving, numb and slow.’
Cover image: Pierre Cordier, Cliché-verre 1958 ‘Névé’. Reproduced by kind permission of the artist
Awards won by Pippa Little Winner, 2010 The first Norman MacCaig Poetry Competition has been won for 'Coalend Hill Farm 1962' which appears in this collection. (Overwintering)
'Richly imagined, wide-ranging and subtly musical, Overwintering is a most welcome collection.'
Sean O'Brien 'There's a quiet courage here. Meaning dwells in the clear images of sense-perception but transcends them too. The real is fleet, elusive: but when it earths itself in this world, it is decidedly womanly. There's an unexpected laughter, rueful, sly. This poetry will hold.'
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