Cornish Mizzle — Gillian Penrose

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In this return to home, Gillian Penrose's acute sense of place and lucid observations balance against the inevitability of change and the inescapable impact of technology on the environment. Yet she finds there a place not only of memory but of belonging across generations. Linguistically deft and full of original imagery, this is a short collection that repays each reading.

It's as if no matter how the poet tries to hold the reader's attention with a range of verse styles, plant-life insists on colouring these poems with a pleasing sense of irrepressible nature. A stand out piece is 'Goodbye at Perranuthnoe 2007', an elegy where '… there I laid her to rest, a small cloud infusing a deep pool'. Other poems capture well known Cornish landmarks, such as St Michael's Mount and The Barbara Hepworth Museum with interesting twists of language and context — a souvenir of a landscape lived and loved.

Claire Williamson

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