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Dinah Livingstone Poetry

Dinah Livingstone
Presence

Poetry. 2003. 85 pages. ISBN 0 904872 39 4. £7.95.
Front and back cover illustrations and frontispiece by Anne Mieke Lumsden.

Dinah Livingstone’s new collection opens with the title sonnet sequence, Presence. Another sequence, Heartwork echoes the heart’s own systole/diastole by alternating tight lyrics with free verse pieces. Shorter poems are set in London and rural England, and a poem diary in Mexico, where she went in 2001 to greet the Zapatistas on their march from Chiapas to the capital. A final section has poems for particular People and Occasions.

'Not only is she an excellent wordsmith but her poetry resonates beyond the merely personal to comment on the wider social and political issues of our time... but she uses a crow's wing rather than a sledgehammer to make her point... Presence is a small volume with a big heart, which I hope will be heard, treasured and reread.' -- Morning Star

'A collection which takes on the challenge of existence in this way cannot fail to earn respect... Livingstone has been writing thoughtful and distinctive poetry for a number of years. This book should delight her existing readers and be a revelation to new ones.' -- Acumen

'The more one reads and studies these poems, the more they become so right, so familiar and recognisable, like music heard long ago, that our sense of knowing them already shocks.' -- Iota

'A delightfully, deftly crafted celebration of her life-long passions, poetry and radical politics.' -- sof

'Presence is a work of maturity, grace and assurance...Livingstone's gift for capturing the instantaneous complex of emotion and thought in the smallest of circumstances...' -- New Hope International

'Her finest collection to date' -- Orbis

'Presence is in design and execution a book that seeks to express the value of living thoughtfully, of cherishing the many tiny threads of being and kindred hopes that span the gulfs separating individuals and cultures.' -- New British Poetry (click)

'An original and eternally fresh voice... greatly perceptive and sharply humourous on occasion.'-- SLN

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