Weep Hole by Mai Ivfjäll (Sad Press)

Tears in the Fence

Mai Ivfjäll’spoetry shares the quality of symbolic elusiveness with that of William Blake whose motifs are significant inWeep Hole.Tantalising hints throughout the pamphlet invite the reader to explore a world of mysticism and ancient magic as well as the retro future of a fifth element and a divine language.

‘Suspended Not Suspended’ is written from the perspective of Blake’s ‘Sick Rose’ where the secret, invisible worm is its own self-destructive love. Time, in Mai Ivfjäll’s poem, unravels self like the thread of a hem. Here there is ‘no health’ but ‘only livingmy sick sick rose’. There are sonnets inWeep Hole,part of a sequence called ‘Sick Sonnets’ which the author has described in an interview with Paul Cunningham of Action Books, as a ‘kind of love letter to the obliteration of self (and attunement to the present moment) that happens in the throes of chronic sickness.’

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