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Our latest collection: The eternally packed suitcase by Lisa Matthews

The eternally packed suitcase

Packed Launch
Vane Women Press launched its latest book – Lisa Matthews’ new collection, The eternally packed suitcase – at Newcastle City Library’s Bewick Hall on Wednesday 20 January. Jo Colley and Crista Ermiya joined Lisa in reading from this wonderful new book. There was an excellent turn out to support Lisa, and library staff were kept busy wheeling out extra chairs to seat the later arrivals.

Lisa Matthews’s new collection is a portmanteau of astonishing elegance and wit, each section illustrating miniature worlds for the reader to enter and savour. The poet creates an atmosphere, a perfume which pervades the room each poem inhabits. Adventurous in form, they are anchored in the domestic, transformed and eroticised, and at times shifted to the surreal.

Women find their way into many of these poems, giving us tantalising glimpses of their imagined lives, like ghosts made flesh. The characters have a convincing three dimensionality, vivid lives shine within the confines of each poem.

The perfume and thrill of this collection linger long after you have made yourself put the book down”Jo Colley

Published: December 2015

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