After the Silent Phone Call

By Wendy Holborow

Poetry | Paperback


"These poems may be read as a narrative, rich in persuasive detail, of home and exile, a negotiation between what has been left behind and what has been attained, or half-attained. The success of the poems, however, lies in their ever-repeated proposition that if we are framed for such difficult negotiations, we are also framed to discover, through attention to beauty, to memory and to ourselves, a kind of salvation. In Holborow's poems, no doubt about it, the world can be ugly as well as beautiful, the self can be grounded in loneliness as well as in love; against the predicaments framed by narratives of home and exile, she sets, with considerable achieved composure, poems of grace, understanding and compassion." Theo Dorgan "The most moving, disarmingly raw early poems in this book concern a leave-taking of dead parents, friends, ex relationships, of the homeland Wales with its 'hearth of sheep' - and the ensuing exile and aloneness. Corfu, which is juxtaposed with Wales throughout, represents a new adventure. There old folk ways are in turn contrasted with the new world of tourists and planes. Nature itself is a constant with detailed almost painterly descriptions of its flora and fauna, transfused with classical mythology. A compelling read." Patricia McCarthy


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"These poems may be read as a narrative, rich in persuasive detail, of home and exile, a negotiation between what has been left behind and what has been attained, or half-attained. The success of the poems, however, lies in their ever-repeated proposition that if we are framed for such difficult negotiations, we are also framed to discover, through attention to beauty, to memory and to ourselves, a kind of salvation. In Holborow's poems, no doubt about it, the world can be ugly as well as beautiful, the self can be grounded in loneliness as well as in love; against the predicaments framed by narratives of home and exile, she sets, with considerable achieved composure, poems of grace, understanding and compassion." ...


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Wendy Holborow was born in South Wales, UK, but lived in Greece for fourteen years where she founded and co-edited Poetry Greece. She has won prizes for short stories and poetry some of which have appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Agenda, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg, Envoi and many others internationally. She has recently completed a poetry Mentorship with Literature Wales and is currently studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at Swansea University. Poetry Salzburg Press have recently published her pamphlet After the Silent Phone Call (2015). She was selected as an International Merit Award winner by the Atlanta Review in 2015. She is a member of the Literature Wales Writers of Wales database.


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Wendy Holborow was born in South Wales, UK, but lived in Greece for fourteen years where she founded and co-edited Poetry Greece. She has won prizes for short stories and poetry some of which have appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Agenda, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg, Envoi and many others internationally. She has recently completed a poetry Mentorship with Literature Wales and is cur...


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