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On the Way to Jerusalem Farm
Categories: 21st Century, African, British, LGBTQ+, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (150 pages)
(Pub. Sep 2021)
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(Pub. Sep 2021)
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Shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry 2022
Carola Luther's new book On the Way to Jerusalem Farm explores the complexities of living in a damaged world. How, it asks, does such a world live in us, and we in it?
At the centre of the collection are three sequences, 'Letters to Rasool', 'Birthday at Emily Court' and 'The Escape'. On the Way to Jerusalem Farm moves through the world, seeking and finding not answers, but sometimes, a means of continuing. The speaker in 'Letters to Rasool' travels onward through scarred and depleted landscapes, and searches for a lost beloved. The ageing residents of Emily Court celebrate a birthday and dance. Spring of a kind still comes. And in 'The Escape' there are colours to be found in the distant sea: 'A whole translucent geology, / cross-sections of light and water'.
Poetry for Luther is a way of finding a way, of making connections and sharing our complex lives in an interdependent present. The roles of lover and beloved become – almost – interchangeable in these richly visualised poems.
Awards won by Carola Luther Short-listed, 2022 The Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry (On the Way to Jerusalem Farm)
'Using rhyme, half-rhyme, the possibility of rhyme she creates a poetic rhythm which is extraordinary - as natural as a heartbeat and, in terms of pace, these are poems that take their time. There's no need to rush, no pressure and, as you read them you feel you're in strong and capable hands.'
Hilary Hares, The High Window
'Luther's powers of description make this book a joy to read, with evocative and fresh images... These exquisite images are however grounded in reality: even when the agony of loss lessens and colour returns.'
Mary Mulholland, The Alchemy Spoon
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