Abegail Morley’s Snow Child is a tour de force that moves on from her excellent debut short-listed for the Forward Prize for best first collection (How to Pour Madness into a Teacup, Cinnamon Press). Morley has an uncanny gift for the intense and slightly disturbing, for looking objectively and in minute detail at what might otherwise be unbearable and bringing it into the light.
The clarity of these poems is dazzling, always perfectly controlled. George Eliot wrote, ‘If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.’ Morley approaches such vision, yet also the skill to mediate it with elegance.
4 thoughts on “Jan Fortune on Snow Child”
Hear! Hear! Well said.
p.s. And I love the aptness of that George Eliot quote.
I loved ‘Madness into a Teacup,’ it was well written but the poems had an unsettling effect. Very atmosheric. I will definitely order snow child.
Hi Karen. Glad you “loved” my Teacup book. Hope you enjoy Snow Child just as much.
I have been rereading Snow Child this week, it is even better a second time! Ambiguous emotions are described using extraordinary imagery which give electric jolts of recognition.