Circus-Apprentice by Katherine Gallagher

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May 2007, no. 291

Circus-Apprentice by Katherine Gallagher

Arc Publications, ₤8.99 pb, 101 pp

Circus-Apprentice by Katherine Gallagher

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May 2007, no. 291

Katherine Gallagher’s is a poetry of small spaces and objects, tiny hollows of memory that momentarily glow, incandescent, in the imagination: ‘knotted roots / reaching down into the riverbed’, ‘faces mottled in eucalyptus shade’, that place ‘beside the pond, in foaming clusters / creamy flowers of meadowsweet; / and there’s goatsbeard (‘jack-go-to-bed-at-noon’) / bird’s-foot trefoil, majoram and reeds.’ These latter lines are from the poem ‘Summer Odyssey (Railway Fields, for D.B.)’, an occasional poem for a small piece of land ‘Between Green Lane and the New River’s / four hundred-year-old waterway’. The poet spins from the ordinary and the overlooked a world of intricacy and quiet sensual power.

Lyn McCredden reviews 'Circus-Apprentice' by Katherine Gallagher

Circus-Apprentice

by Katherine Gallagher

Arc Publications, ₤8.99 pb, 101 pp

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