Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Ten Poems about Sheds


One for all shedworkers' bookshelves, this is part of Candlestick Press's excellent longrunning series of short anthologies which are half poetry pamphlet, half greetings card. This one includes work from the likes of Kathleen Jamie, Fleur Adcock, and Derek Mahon. Here's what they say about it:
Sheds have come a long way since the man-cave cliché. These days, a shed is a far more democratic place – somewhere that symbolises the privacy and space that we all need. John Greening’s wonderfully varied selection of poems explores sheds from every imaginable angle. The poems take us to a child’s hiding place, a treasury of exotic implements and rich aromas and a retreat in which to remember the past. Derek Mahon’s fêted poem ‘A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford’ creates a mysterious inner world which seems to exist outside time. A shed may just be a place to keep the lawnmower, or it may be somewhere to escape to in order to write or paint. Sometimes it’s a haven in which to daydream when the house is full of noise and bustle. This enchanting selection leads the reader quietly into private worlds and makes the perfect gift for every shed-lover.
 Available from the usual places and also direct from Candlestick Press.
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