Crossing the Bloodline — Angela Platt
This is a magnificent collection, unhurriedly recreating people and exploring relationships that have made the poet who she is.
In the powerful, often joyous poems of crossing the bloodline, Angela Platt writes movingly of subjects like family and memories… It’s a magic thing, the way that words can conjure the past and people to stand here right before us, and so wonderful to find a poet who can make this happen.
Offering an affectionate and often humorous peek into a child’s world as she matures, crossing the bloodline touches on universal human experiences from sibling rivalry to love; from loss to the wisdom that comes too late, taking us on a journey to the crossing point where childhood and maturity meet face to face. Lucid and tightly honed, this is gracious poetry that will leave images resonating long after reading.
Angela Platt’s poems can be found in a score of small presses including Orbis, The Interpreter’s House, The New Writer, Poetry Nottingham (now Assent), The French Literary Review, Poetry News and Prole 30. Her work has also appeared in several competitions and anthologies. Shortlisted for the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize, 2012, for her unpublished collection, Sculpting Language, she won second prize in Southport’s 2015 Poetry Competition and was shortlisted for Best Poem in National Memory Day’s 2017 and 2018 competitions, then long-listed for her collection Gameplay by Cinnamon Press, 2019. Angela won third prize in the Prole Laureate Competition, 2020, for her poem ‘Skydive’.
Angela founded the flourishing Newport STANZA poetry group for The Poetry Society and ran two, weekly creative writing groups locally for four years. She enjoyed reading poems at open mic events in Wales where she returned, following a teaching career in Lincolnshire.