On the poetry side, at the moment I’m revisiting one or two earlier collections by Mark Doty as well as dipping into his latest, Deep Lane (Cape 2015, £10), which I’m finding delicious in the way it looks at maturity – head on but with such grace and joy. I heard Mark read at the Aldeburgh poetry prom in August and I’m enjoying the sound of his voice in my head when I read the poems on the page. ‘Spent’ is my favourite poem in Deep Lane and I keep returning to it, relishing the mix of pathos, humour and skilled craftsmanship
I’m also reading Send – a new novel by Kay Syrad (Cinnamon Press 2015, £9.99) which almost counts as poetry because the experience is very like reading poetry. It’s a wonderful book – humane, intriguing, beautifully written, full of sparkling ideas, with plenty to chew on.
Another book I’m currently spending quality time with is The Book as Art: Artists’ Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, edited by Krystyna Wasserman (Princeton Architectural Press 2007/11, $34.95). This is a gorgeous volume – superbly produced, rich in illustration and with insightful essays by Johanna Drucker and Audrey Niffenegger.
I could go on… and on… but I’ll stop there for now.
Further information about Clare can be found on her website.