The Radio Room

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The Radio Room

ISBN: 9781877578038
Authors(s): Cilla McQueen

About The Radio Room:

In The Radio Room, Poet Laureate Cilla McQueen travels space and time, throwing ‘thought-lines’ from her present-day corner of the world to the ancient Celtic islands of her ancestors (‘On a cliff-top above screeching gulls I stand still thinking backwards, antipodean poet grafted from ancient taproot in this bedrock’ …’if they spoke, what would they say? Could I understand that language at the root of my tongue?’ Her point of view is at once small, interior and intimate (‘I sit on an upturned apple box in the shade of my hat looking up through the pores of its straw’) and in the next breath, flung outwards and upwards: ‘Discovered in lenses, bent around stars. I leap island to island, altar to altar’. The collection is about the writing and reading of poetry, too: ‘Poem in hand, the tendons slide and muscles smile under the skin’. ‘Soapy Water’ riffs on modern politics to play with this theme: ‘world poetry is running low. Naturally, there is speculation in solar poetry, wind poetry, tidal poetry, all as old as mankind, since he learned to talk to himself’.

No of pages: 78
Published as: Paperback
Genre: Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies