36 page paperback
About the author:
Nancy Charley was born in 1963. She has had poems published in several anthologies and magazines. She is a spoken word artist and has performed her poetry at theatres, arts centres and pubs, for Human Rights, for new Writing Nights and for the sheer enjoyment. She loves to probe, to question and to tell stories. But most of all she loves being a woman.
“This Woman, is an extended praise poem reminding me a little of the Welsh bard’s I am Taliesin but with more mystery and adroitness, and without a hint of his boastfulness. The language is strong, rooted and engrained with womaness. I traced the rocks, the veins of wounds and rush of streams with my fingertips. I heard her deep calls and followed her flights. Each poem, an epiphany; the collection, extraordinary.”Abegail Morley, author of Forward Prize shortlisted How to Pour Madness into a Teacup and Snow Child
“Nancy Charley’s joy in being a woman is as elemental and finely nuanced as the often surprising images rippling through these poems. This is a lyrical, considered and inventive evocation of the complexities and experience of being female by a poet confident in the handling of form and the subtle cadences of rhyme and rhythm. Remember the name; we shall be hearing a lot more of her.” – Marilyn Donovan, Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2011
“This collection challenges the geography of womanhood. The poet’s voice is coloured with the language of violence but, importantly, her writing paints a portrait not of victimhood but of strength, resourcefulness, and quiet heroism. With form as fluid and ever-changing as its subject, in each sequence, Nancy Charley takes a different two-dimensional framing of what it means to be a woman and tilts it this way and that, shining light on secrets, distortions, bruises and cracks – but most of all, showing womanhood, with all its rippling layers, to be a thing of enormous natural beauty.” – Louise McCudden, poet, fiction writer and Independent online columnist