'My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot ...'
This new collection is sold as a fund-raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity known primarily for its Macmillan Nurses. These, of course, are backed up by a strong team of medical doctors, therapists, managers, administrative support-workers, campaigners, volunteers and others. You can find some of the people who make up the face of this inspiring organisation here. Way back in 1911, Douglas Macmillan established the 'Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer', providing information on recognising, preventing and treating cancer to patients, doctors and members of the public. All profit on the sale of this new volume has been waived by the publishers, allowing £2 (inc. of VAT) to go to the charity for every copy sold.
Heart Shoots is a volume in which poems by 'the newcomer' and 'the internationally famous' nestle side by side. Those in the latter category include Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Seamus Heaney, Joni Mitchell, Benjamin Zephaniah, Sharon Olds, Penelope Shuttle, Moniza Alvi, Pascale Petit and Dennis Lecorriere, to mention those on the front cover. You will also find poems by Wordsworth, Keats, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and John Donne. There are many contemporary poets whose names you will know from the wider poetry and small press scenes.
|And if you are wondering why I have posted this dragonfly, well, perhaps the answer lies on p.57 of Heart Shoots.|