Written from personal experience without a hint of sentimentality, Wristwatch charts a course through cancer treatment and recovery, becoming a widow at 44; and taking on the social care system on behalf of elderly relatives. United by themes of transition and transformation, the beautifully realised sequences in Wristwatch are moving, spare and convincing.
‘Jay Whittaker’s debut sizzles with feeling: feelings explored and feelings held in check. In poems that explore love, bereavement, the survival of breast cancer and many other aspects of life, she is brave, astute, compassionate, and-where needed-witty. Throughout, she demonstrates a keen eye for the natural world, a fine ear and great sensitivity to our strengths and foibles as human beings. The results is a delightfully ambitious and humane read.’ – Jane McKie
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