Book of the month: August – Stepping on Shadows’ Cherrie Taylor published by Dempsey & Windle

The subjects in ‘Stepping on Shadows’ range  impressively from a wry recollection of the ‘swinging sixties’ to quietly shocking portraits of Fred and Rosemary West. Scenes, characters and narratives are evoked crisply and convincingly, with many dazzling visual images. 

The language register is always appropriately honed to the poems’ concerns. To choose just one striking example of this in the ekphrastic poem ‘ Hotel by the Railroad ‘ the emotional dereliction of the Edward Hopper painting is echoed perfectly in the imagined memory.  

An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. A device Cherrie uses with skilful effect.

The collection has received endorsements from poets John McCullough, Mandy Pannett, and Raine Geoghegan

For more information about Cherrie please see her website: 

The collection can be purchased directly from Cherrie and she is donating 20% of the RRP to West Sussex MIND. They are featured in our local independent bookshop, Steyning Bookshop and City Books, and will be available to order from Waterstones and Amazon and the publisher. 

Keith Massey

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