Thursday, 12 June 2008

New release

I received my copy of LouAnn Shephard Muhm's Breaking The Glass (Loonfeather Press) at the weekend, and a very fine debut collection it is, too. It comes highly recommended by no less a poet than Jane Hirshfield, who says of it:

"Breaking the Glass is a book of fierce heart and strong hands, glinting recognitions, and hard-won perception. Its many brief, bright shard-poems, especially, cut through surface consciousness, bringing the reader to unexpected and moving comprehension. Vulnerable with longing, fully alive, LouAnn Muhm’s words ring resonantly true."

Having read the manuscript to do a blurb for it myself, I can vouch for that. It's a very strong book, with not a word out of place. It's also a very nice looking book (regular visitors here will know that's a nice little bonus that I'm always looking for) - I like that cover photo.

I'll be posting a full review of it in a little while, but for now suffice to say it's a book I'm enjoying re-reading.

So, what are you waiting for? You can get hold of a copy yourself by clicking here.


PJ Nolan said...

thanks for the tip. That sounds worth adding to the (ever-growing) list. And yes, the cover photo is excellent! Here's another one I've already added, on the strength of Eileen Battersby's rave review in Saturday's Irish Times: Ciaran Berry's 'The Sphere of Birds'

Matt Merritt said...

Thanks PJ. I'll have a look for that. Ciaran Berry's name immediately rings a bell, so I suspect he's someone who I've made a mental note to follow (and promptly forgotten).

I've finally got round to having a good look at Bloodaxe's In Person. I'll post some sort of a review soon, but for now it suffices to say that the review in Stride was spot-on - it's worth £12 of anyone's money.