Light-Fall by Lucy Ingrams (Flarestack Poets)

Tears in the Fence

Lucy Ingrams poems inTears in the Fence 72impressed readers with their slowed down attentiveness to the moment and invigorating language use. I was thus thrilled to discover herLight-Fallpamphlet from 2019 and to find more of her mindful poetry.

The opening poem, ‘Swimmer’, where the title is the last two words, with ‘fall’ occupying the last line alone, is worth the price of the pamphlet alone.

The poem, like the best of Ingrams work, recalls the poetry of Lee Harwood and Elizabeth Bishop and yet is distinctly her own. This emerges through her confident use of space, lineation and punctuation. Note her use of brackets, hyphens, space and counter voice, within a sonically rich low pitched delivery.The poem, written in the living present, in the manner of Harwood’s sea poems, such as ‘Salt Water’, slows the reader’s attention down to each modulated movement within a wide-eyed focus…

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