by Elizabeth Burns
These small, meditative poems about pottery and the potter’s craft are themselves exquisitely formed vessels for larger enquiry and celebration.
“The overriding sense I have of these poems is as givers and bringers of light, and I believe, as Burns believed in the potters she gives tribute to here, that something of her spirit is contained in what she has created. The pamphlet as an object is beautifully crafted and the poems match this, making it a fitting valedictory statement from Burns, and something that contains elements of her life and the loss we now feel since her death.”
-Richie McCaffrey, londongrip.
“Burns’ 2015 pamphlet takes vessels as its theme, and brims with arresting images. Clay becomes a newborn baby, the earth ‘a vast potter’s wheel,’ & a bowl ‘a small circle of the sun.’ Speckles on a pot ‘cluster like galaxies’ whilst globe-jars are ‘full and plump as moons.’
Burns’ painterly eye for colour & texture can be found in abundance, from the ‘sea-green’ and ‘ox-blood’ of paint, to coral-encrusted tea-bowls and shell-smooth glazes. Flitting across time and space, Burns underscores the notion that these lovely, homely objects ‘should be for everyone.’ This is a beautiful work, one of the final collections from a poet who will be sorely missed.”
-Jacqueline Thompson, Scottish Poetry Library volunteer
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