Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Dead Redhead by Tracey Herd

This is a wonderful book! Tracey Herd writes with such great passion but it is all tightly controlled within her poetry. She uses words beautifully, understanding rhyme and rhythm and the way words sound together. Her starting point for the poems in this collection are often tragic red headed women from history though there are also poems about her father and about horses. Her poetry often includes wonderful images, like this from the series Leaving the Enchanted City:

The evening light is cognac,
restful in its black glass.
The city is a gold scrolled tray
piled with lights and lifted smoothly,
shoulder high, by a silent
white gloved waiter.

She does heartbreak beautifully too, where the raw emotion is finely balanced and held in her well crafted words, as here in The Shy Stranger:

She is carrying her body
to the Cascades
where it is lonely and cold,
where winter will shake
its bewildered head
over the ruins of her skull.

This is poetry at its best, powerful, passionate and well crafted. You can read some of her poems here or better go along to your nearest bookshop and buy a copy of Dead Redhead!


Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

Mmmmm...lovely! Thanks for sharing. It's always fun to discover a poet that I haven't previously read. Living near the Cascades, I especially liked the second poem. However, the first two lines of the other poem were especially fantastic in their visual interpretation! Much peace, JP

gel(Emerald Eyes) said...

Those passages you shared are, indeed, full of intoxicating imagery and heartbreak. Thanks for sharing this source, Juliet. It sounds like a book I would want to own and now can put my "Borders Bookstore" gift card to good use, if they carry it.
Enjoy your weekend,

Crafty Green Poet said...

HI Deborah and Gel,
I like to share new poets I discover so that others can discover them too. Definitely a good use for your Borders gift card Gel, if they have the book!