The Waney Edge
Wednesday 11 Sep 20197:30PM
Northern Lights Cinema, Wirksworth
Join us for the launch of local poet Seni Seneviratne’s third collection: Unknown Soldier. This is a collection of huge depth and resonance. Its stimulus is a collection of photographs of the poet’s late father, originally from colonial Sri Lanka, who was serving as a radio operator in an otherwise all white platoon in the 1939-45 desert war in North Africa.
The evening will be introduced by Chloe Balcomb who will read from her debut pamphlet, The Waney Edge.
Off the Shelf Festival of Words,
Saturday October 19th 2019 Ipm
The Creative Lounge, Workstation,
Sheffield S1 2BX
I will be sharing the platform with the wonderful
Seni Seneviratne, reading from her latest collection,
Pamphlet out now!
Extract from title poem
The Waney Edge:
She buys the oak from a man in Fife,
high up a hidden forest track, his
calm Alsation rugging the threshold.
She notes his flannel shirt, cuffs rolled
to the elbow, how tenderly he handles
stock. This offcut's waste, waney edge,
flawed by stubborn knots and scars,
a man who values difference then,
the wayward wood that won't conform.
AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM
The Waney Edge - Official Launch
The Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden,
October 17th 2019
with Grace Wilentz
and Caroline M. Davies
Tickets for sale on Eventbrite from September
Green Bottle Press 'the best words in the best order' S.T.Coleridge
Praise for 'The Waney Edge':
‘There is no one else writing like Chloe Balcomb, no one else who can render huge themes – feminism, death, our life with other animals – into such finely observed and delicately wrought vignettes, vibrant with original diction and vocabulary. Here are poems of tender insight, of quirky circus women, luminous poems of death, its approach and its aftermath, poems that weave the narrator into the life of heron-as-suitor. Whether she’s writing about the last days of a cat, walking into darkness, or a specific piece of timber, Chloe’s attention to detail and her intimate observations of what it means to be alive will surprise and delight.’ Roselle Angwin
‘Women finding their way in the world, surpassing stereotypes, walking their particular tightropes, navigating relationships with family, friends and lovers. These are some of the voices that populate ‘Waney Edge’, Chloe Balcomb’s exquisite debut pamphlet. Grounded and gritty, with a refreshing edge of humour and no trace of easy sentimentality, these poems will lift you off the page and into other lives.’ Seni Seneviratne