Day #12: The Year of the Hog: “shades of blue” – Lucy Crispin

Over the next few weeks we are celebrating all of the Poets and their Collections that we have published in 2020.

I have to say that today’s title is one of the most beautiful books I have read in years. Lucy Crispin is an extremely special poet and I find it very hard to imagine anybody – poetry lover or not – who wouldn’t lose time immersing themselves in shades of blue.

shades of blue is an invitation to be present to life. By turns mischievous, meditative, melancholy and ecstatic, this short collection celebrates the natural world and the mixed and marvellous experience of being human. Though shades of blue features a variety of forms and moods, it is unified by the characteristic Crispin qualities of passion, precision and tenderness. Acutely sensitive to both exterior and interior landscapes, she writes vividly and with authority. Here, as in her previous pamphlet wish you were here, Lucy Crispin honours the truth of the heart, the life of the spirit.

  • Order signed copies direct from Lucy Crispin at her web site HERE
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“Lucy Crispin would make a brilliant scene-of-crime officer, because she notices everything, and understands its significance. And there’d be nothing second-hand about her report to the CID, either, for she uses language with a vigour and freshness that puts one in mind of Dylan Thomas or Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Crispin has a dazzling gift for representing her subjects. Situations, things, nature, atmosphere, all come to life eagerly from her pen. She has a sharp eye and a sensitive response, and no patience at all with anything remotely resembling a cliché. There’s nothing contrived; she’s always fresh and apt. Hers is a strongly individual vision, accessible, interesting, compelling. She knows her craft, is faithful to her daemon, and she has a reliably consistent voice. What particularly distinguishes her for me is a rare kind of personal poetic courage, for her tones are honest, compelling, both disciplined and passionate, both serious and moving-a rare enough combination in the contemporary poetry scene. And the human condition? She writes with equal delicacy of what lies under the skin, what moves the human heart. Such gifts are rare, even in the world of poetry. I certainly look forward to more of her work, which deserves to be far better known.”

– RV Bailey

“This collection, with its beautifully described, precise imagery, draws you in to moments and scenes and senses: shape, texture, colour are here in abundance. The language… has a wonderful music. So many different moods here-joy, anger, mischievousness; and an invitation fully to enter my own world, parallel to the poems’, with the reminder that the only time we have is now.”

– Jeff Cowton, Head Curator, Dove Cottage

“Lucy’s poems are intensely rich interior landscapes, finely and vividly observed, in which she explores reflections on her life and the lives of others. Her verse includes occasional experiments with sonnet and villanelle forms with brief flashes of self-deprecating humour; but the essence of her work is a piercing insight into life’s episodes set against the beauty of the natural world.”

– Roger Iredale

About Lucy Crispin

Lucy Crispin is a librettist and prize-winning poet who lives in the Lake District, England. Asked what she writes about, she mutters something vague about ‘Um, well… what it’s like being a person’. She’s inspired by the natural world, travel, other people, and the life of the spirit; interested, too, in the way our experiences shape us. In both her poetry and non-fiction she celebrates what she calls the everyday extraordinary. An experienced person-centred therapist, Lucy facilitates poetry-based CPD for fellow therapists and charitable organisations. She’s also taught creative writing in third-sector organisations, schools, and at the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. Lucy is a former Poet Laureate of South Cumbria. Her work has been widely published in print and online, and Hedgehog Press brought out her micro-pamphlet wish you were here in January 2020 (available directly from Lucy at her site below). As well as writing a weekly poetry column and facilitating monthly poetry-reading groups, Lucy performs her poetry and takes part in other events.

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Product details

  • ISBN: 978-1913499242
  • Pages: 36
  • Order signed copies direct from Lucy Crispin at her web site HERE

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