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Dinah Livingstone
Kindness

Poetry. 2007. 55 pages. ISBN 978-0-904872-43-9. £7.95.
Front and back cover illustrations and frontispiece by Anne Mieke Lumsden.
Paperback book or pdf file (same price).

Dinah Livingstone's new collection explores the meanings of 'kindness', the different kinds of life on Earth and what they have in common; among them, the kind of creature humans are, who can be both kind and unkind. The book opens with the sequence Flowersong and closes with poems inspired by the seasonal liturgy of Advent, Christmas, Easter and Whit, finishing with the title poem Kindness. The cover image shows a leaping hare, the goddess Eastre's sacred animal who became a symbol of the risen Christ.

'The language is direct, unselfconscious and colloquial but under its apparent artlessness lies work of considerable intelligence and subtlety... Livingstone wears her learning very lightly, but it is not inconsiderable...In an age of alienation, Livingstone writes a poetry of belonging and hope, shot through with intelligence and moral force. For this reader, at least, it is both full of wonder and wonderful' -- Tears in the Fence

'[Her] poetry is confident and fresh, confiding and celebratory, questioning and consoling. Her great experience as a writer is one element, no doubt, in the apparent complete spontaneity of many of these poems... This latest book of many includes some of Livingstone's most exciting and successful work.' -- Artemis

Click on book for a poem from it
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Click on back cover cat image for title poem 'Kindness'