'An authentic sense of travelling through history as well as through the complexities and ironies of place illuminate this confident new collection. Deborah Harvey's use of language is clean and fresh, and she draws with energy and purpose on archival material, such as the records of the Bristolian topographer William Wyrcestre mapping the city in 1480, or the wreck of the SS Nornen off Berrow Flats in 1897. Her voice remains however contemporary and deeply responsive to the beauty and vulnerability of the natural world. Highly recommended.'
'Imagine a raven playing skillfully upon the air above a lonely Dartmoor tor, and you might get a sense of her subtle, dark and beautiful, glistening poems.'
Colin Brown, Poetry Can
Cover illustration © Dru Marland 2014
Communion is an accomplished and thought-provoking exploration of the bonds that link us to each other and our ancestors and landscape. Inspired by folklore and mythology, and by the hills, shores and stories of her native West Country, and with a cast of characters ranging from Persephone and Samuel Coleridge to a distressed stranger on a Bristol bus, this first collection from prize-winning poet Deborah Harvey explores the epiphanies and emotional shifts that shape all our lives. Set against the changing seasons and the passage of years, this is poetry which illuminates the past in the present, the sublime in the domestic and the extraordinary in the everyday.
'Deborah Harvey’s … poems are raw and true. She is the real thing.'
'Sensuous yet precise poems … convey a truth that no logic can quite account for' Matthew Barton, Bristol Review of Books
'A vision of the past in the present. Communion is a gift of blood for the ghosts.' Reg Meuross
Photo © Dru Marland 2011