time to sing
before the dark
The Caxton Press, December 2018
paperback, 240mm x 170mm
ISBN: 978 0 473 45128 8
Flight, song, darkness and light, history, fable and furniture.
From the botanist to the birdcage, from rescue to ruin,
Helen Bascand’s fifth poetry collection charts a shifting, tilting world
with her customary elegance, wit and intelligence.
“These are wonderful poems, deceptive at times and almost conversations, albeit serious conversations leavened with a wicked wit. They puzzle at myth, at art and at the very nature of language and its inadequacies to express what can often only be felt. There is stillness here too, craft, balance and resonance. Above all, and shining throughout, there is a clear-eyed emotional intelligence, coupled with a well-honed poetic sensibility that fashions poems that linger, poems that demand our complete attention, poems to be thankful for.”
– James Norcliffe.
Helen Bascand was a stalwart of the Canterbury poetry scene, a long- time member of Airing Cupboard Women Poets, one of the founders of the Small White Teapot Haiku Group, and the author of four previous poetry collections. She was working on the poems of time to sing before the dark when she died in 2015, and the task of editing and assembling the collection was completed by her friend and literary executor, poet Joanna Preston.
time to sing before the dark will be launched by Bernadette Hall on Thursday 13th December 2018, 7 pm to 8 pm, in the Sydenham Room, South Christchurch Library.
To rsvp for the launch, or to order a copy at the pre-launch price of $20, please use the contact form below.