Mervyn Taylor: No Back Door
Published 15 September 2010
Paperback, 90pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £8.95 / $15
Awarded the 2011 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence for previous finalists of the Paterson Poetry Prize.
There are those inhabitants of islands who say they "'fraid sea",
meaning they have an abiding respect for the restless ocean and for whatever
lies unseen past the horizon. 'Sea have no back door' is the phrase they
use to indicate the idea of no return, of being swallowed up in the vastness
of a world outside the shore that is a natural boundary.
These poems chart the journeys, metaphorical and literal, of those who stay, and those who go, and the dilemma of the immigrant soul trying to live in two places at once.
Read a review of this book by Ruth Miriam-Garnett at Seeing Black here.
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