Joanna Seldon was diagnosed with an incurable cancer in 2011, and lived with it bravely for five and a half years until her death at the end of 2016. Some of the poems here are informed by her experience of cancer. All of the poems celebrate life.
There's a sense of enjoyment in these poems, however dark the material. They are a pleasure because they are not just full of life, but somehow in life itself. Peter Sansom; These tough and tender poems are about the elemental forces of life. At the same time they 'create the light', with a vulnerability and openness to experience that is breath taking. Anthony Wilson; All her work is underpinned by the urge to praise. Peter Carpenter
About Joanna Seldon
Joanna Seldon was brought up in South Hampstead and studied English at Oxford where she gained a high First and received her Doctorate for her work on Nathaniel Hawthorne. She went on to teach English at The Old Palace School in Croydon, James Allen's Girls' school in Dulwich, Brighton College and Wellington College. Her first book, By Word of Mouth, written with husband Anthony was published in 1983; Waterloo to Wellington was published in 2015; and The Whistle blower which tells the story of the battle that her controversial father had with the medical establishment over experiments on human beings, will be published later this year. Joanna wrote three novels and several short stories, all of which can be found on her website. She had three children (Jessica, Susie and Adam) with Anthony, to whom she was married for thirty four years.
Table of Contents
Renewal 1 Robin In York 3 On The Beach At St Andrew's 4 Christmas Day 2012: Brighton Beach 5 Pavilion Haiku 6 That Would Be Scanned 7 Hepworth Haiku 8 Villanelle In Jade 9 Love Song To His Mobile 10 Lunchtime Haiku 11 The First Duchess 12 Hearing It For The First Time 15 It's A Swinging Life! 16 We Know The Light Is There 17 What To Predict 19 Advice 20 Jane Eyre Haiku 22 Mrs Mounter By Harold Gilman 23 Paul Gauguin: Au Cafe (Mme. Ginoux) 1888 24 Perdita 25 Remembrance Day 2001 27 Conker 28 Toad 29 Cafe Man 30 Jumper 31 Twin Giants 32 A Cancer Patient Visits Auschwitz 33 Anatomage 34 ...And Lemons 35 Slide Back The Lid 36 A Smell Of Shampoo 37 Under Investigation 38 Food; Feet 39 Metamorphosis 40 Displayed In Chelsea 42 Death Of A Clarinet 43 Full Moon And Little Jessica 45 Your Story 46 Northanger Abbey Haiku 48 On The Downs Above Kingston 49 NHMD 50 Birds And People 51 Peel It...Away 53 On The Golan Heights 54 Spider 55 The Bee And The Snowdrop 56 The Blossom Falls 57 Tu Bishvat Haiku 59 Tuscan Garden 60 The Albert Memorial 61 Snowdrops Haiku 62 Tanka For Trevor 63 Seaside Haiku 64 Prayer 65 Adar 66 Links In The Bracelet 68 Matrilineal 69 Daffodil Haiku 70 Snow Story 71 Blind Man's Buff (Little Johnny-in-the-Wood) 72
The Bright White Tree by Joanna Seldon
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