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Washing Lines By Janie Hextall

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When we published Washing Lines in 2011, we found to our delight that we were not the only people in the world who love washing lines and poetry. The book sold out quickly, hence this new REVISED EDITION - which replaces some poems with new or previously undiscovered work (highlighted in the contents list).

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Washing Lines: A Collection of Poems by Janie Hextall

Born of a shared love of washing lines and poetry, the subject of this anthology is laundry and washing, reflecting many human emotions to do with family, relationships and memory. It is a collection of over 50 poems ranging from folk songs such as 'Dashing away with the smoothing iron' to contemporary poems by renowned poets including Seamus Heaney, Gillian Clarke, Tess Gallagher and Pablo Neruda. There are also over a dozen beautiful wood engravings by artists as diverse as Clare Leighton and Clifford Harper. Alexander Lee (who has written the Afterword) has suggested that we are tapping into something far more exciting than a simple love of washing lines - the current environmental and economic issues. He started Project Laundry List to campaign in America for the 'right to dry' when he realised that 6-10% of US domestic electricity is consumed by tumble driers. So whether it is the joy of washing blowing on the line, the smell of clean linen or the rhythmic dance of two people folding sheets together, this collection is a celebration. Washing Lines was launched at The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival when Gillian Clarke read a selection of poems from the book.

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Radio 2 Arts Programme - 'possibly one of my favourite books of the whole year' Claire Armitstead. Oxford Times - 'the finished product is as satisfying as a clean basket of laundry' 'The most original and entertaining poetry anthology of the year' Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

About Janie Hextall

We are two friends, two computers and a kitchen table and this book is genuinely born of a shared love of washing lines and poetry. Barbara -Was a counsellor for 30 years. Age 66 years. Married 3 children- lots of washing in her time, now a grandmother. Janie - was a publisher, is a bookseller. Age 57 years. Married 3 children. Loves her laundry basket.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme They That Wash On Monday Louisa May Alcott: A Song from the Suds Dorothy Aldis: Windy Wash Day Moniza Alvi: Arrival 1946 Yehuda Amichai: Jerusalem, trans Irena Gordon (Harvest Books) Ken Arnold: At Shugakuin Anna Laetitia Barbauld: Washing-Day Dawn Bauling: Washing Day: Monday Morning 1966 Amy Benedict: Wood on cloth on cord George Bilgere: Laundry Gillian Clarke: The Lace-Maker Gillian Clarke: Laundry Gillian Clarke: Women's Work *Gillian Clarke: Pegging Out *Gillian Clarke Six Bells Marsha Truman Cooper: Ironing After Midnight *Imtiaz Dharker: Sari Maura Dooley: The Line *Helen Dunmore The Captainess of Laundry Vicki Feaver: Ironing Leontia Flynn: Mangles Liz Gallagher: A Washing Machine Repairman Speaks on Poetry Tess Gallagher: I Stop Writing the Poem Ted Genoways: Anna on the Beach Ted Genoways: Anna at the Ironing Board Magi Gibson: Washing Day in Dublin Sandra Gilbert: Doing Laundry Louise Gluck: A Warm Day Eamon Grennan: A Few Last Lines of Laundry Jo Haslam: Shirt Seamus Heaney: The Clothes Shrine Seamus Heaney: From Clearances 5 Jane Holland: Spin-Cycle Homer: Odyssey Michael Hulse: Washerwomen at Wurzburg Marie Kazalia: That Moment Jane Kenyon: Wash Day Sarah Knight: Hanging Out Washing Anita Lahey: Woman at Clothes Line Carl Little: A Reminder (Great Cranberry Island) Michael Longley: War and Peace Michael Longley: Washing *Olivia McCannon Ironing Dot McGinnis: Our Lady's Shelter/ Mary's Wash Day Ruth Moose: Laundry *Esther Morgan Enola Gay Kelly Morris: In a Magdalene Laundry, County Cork, 1967 Pablo Neruda: Ode To Ironing (Translated by Jodey Bateman) P.K. Page: Planet Earth Fernando Pessoa: The Washerwoman Beats the Laundry (Translated by Richard Zenith) Marge Piercy: Folding Sheets *Katrina Porteous Domestic Craig Raine: Heaven on Earth Rati Saxena: Washing Clothes Anna Swir: I Wash the Shirt Kathrine Varnes: Folding the Laundry I think About Aesthetics Borben Vladovic: Washing on the Line Marilyn K. Walker: Clothesline Deceit *Jo Walton Doing laundry on the last day of the world Joanna M. Weston: Washing Line Walt Whitman: From Song of Myself Richard Wilbur: Love Calls Us To The Things Of This World Hugo Williams: Woman in a New House ILLUSTRATIONS Clifford Harper Anne Hayward: September Morning Beth Krommes: The Zen of Ironing Clare Leighton: Washer Women of Toulon Miriam MacGregor: Mrs Hooper's Garden Pam Pebworth: Lympstone Washday Elizabeth Rashley: Washday Sue Scullard: Vegetable Garden from Lark Rise to Candleford Sue Scullard: Pantaloons/Venice Daniel Waters: Card Sarah Young: Print Garden

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Washing Lines: A Collection of Poems by Janie Hextall
Janie Hextall
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.