Following the publicity surrounding the Windrush scandal, in The Guardian, Colin Grant writes about five essential books that focus on the Windrush generation. Amongst V.S. Naipaul and Sam Selvon, Grant also recommends Hannah Lowe’s Ormonde, Published by Hercules in 2014.
Grant writes “The Windrush story has become a foundation myth, but in Ormonde, Hannah Lowe reminds us that there were other ships too – one of which, the SS Ormonde, ferried her father, Ralph (aka Chick) to England in 1947. Her tender collection of poems conjures some of those on board the ship (boxer, chef, Chick). Taking the passenger list as a starting point, she reimagines their journeys and the inner voices of hope and anxiety that accompanied them. It is a feat of extraordinarily loving creativity.”
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“These are thoughtful, delicate, assured poems, their regular beat throughout hypnotic as Rose explores her responses to the images, or rather to the people they invoke. But ‘delicate’ does not mean timid … love lives in these honest, touching poems.”
Anne Stewart reviewing Heart Archives by Sue Rose in Artemis Poetry, Issue 14, May 2015, available from Second Light Live. See below for an image of the review (click to enlarge).
“Crowther uses syllabics to mirror the limitations of expressions without speech and the need for telling a story with few words – the intertitles – which must be sized and shaped by the ease with which they would be read from a screen … the poems make the most of their restrictive forms and provide a concise homage to silent movies.”
Emma Lee reviewing Silents by Claire Crowther in London Grip, 30 June 2015. See the full review here.
“This elegantly designed book is a heartfelt, original account of one viewer’s headlong tilt into silent cinema. If you love silent film too, it will stir your passions anew. And delightfully, it is just as rich in mystery and multilayered meanings as the best of early cinema.”
Pamela Hutchinson reviewing Silents by Claire Crowther in Silent London, 11 June 2015. See the full review here.
“The presence in these poems of the author-researcher adds a pleasing historical poignancy to the writing, and the shadow of uncompleted narratives casts a dramatic shadow over Chick Lowe’s tale of arrival. These are moving and memorable poems.”
Aingeal Clare reviewing Ormonde by Hannah Lowe in the TLS, June 5 2015 (No. 5853); Poetry in Brief, p.25. See the full review below (click to enlarge).
“And here is precisely where Hannah Lowe exhibits her genius: she occupies the triple position of historian-poet-storyteller, and makes her voice both earnest and true by variations.”
Sohini Basak reviewing Ormonde in The Cadaverine – see full article
“Lowe’s verbal dexterity is on display from the very first lines of the first poem … turning a poet’s imagination loose on a few fragments of real life can have heady and powerful consequences.”
Thomas Ovans reviewing Ormonde in London Grip – see full article