Anna Crowe

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Figure in a Landscape

From the Poetry Book Society selectors on their pamphlet choice in Spring 2010:

"Read in sequence the poems achieve a beautifully layered effect, moving from childhood through to adulthood, motherhood and death. But they are searching poems too, restless and unsettled, and one is aware of a conversation stopped short. ... Crowe knows just how much to give and how much to hold back, offering fleeting glances and sometimes strange images ... These are sinewy, questing poems, alive with memory and attentive to the interior landscape."

From Stuart B Campbell's review of the 2010 StAnza Festival, Northwords Now, Summer 2010:

"Anna Crowe read from a series of poems written in memory of her sister. These were poems of mourning that contained and sustained the grieving process. A lesser writer might have been overwhelmed by the necessary sincerity of the subject, but Crowe's craft matched that task to give poetry of intense feeling and direction."

Figure in a Landscape was also recommended on the Scottish Poetry Library website.

Skating out of the House

From Colin Walter's review in School Librarian:

"There are more riches in this first collection than anyone has a right to expect. It is a book of subtly inclusive poems: varied in their subjects, diverse in their forms, and often sweet in their wisdoms."

Punk with Dulcimer

Comment by Douglas Dunn:

"Words which come to mind when reading Anna Crowe's wonderful poetry are 'honest', 'affectionate', 'elegiac', 'skilful', 'natural', 'lucid'. Hers is a warm and melodious world, revealed to the reader in beautifully rendered cadences, and with an unflinching eye for the delightful and pleasant as well as the disturbing or sorrowful."

Anna Crowe
October 2010
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