Clare Pollard’s fourth collection is steeped in folktale and ballads, and looks at the stories we tell about ourselves. From the Pendle witch-trials in 17th-century Lancashire to the gangs of modern-day east London, “Changeling” takes on our myths and monsters. These are poems of place that journey from Zennor to Whitby, Broadstairs to Brick Lane. Whether relocating the traditional ballad ‘The Twa Corbies’ to war-torn Iraq, introducing us to the bearded lady Miss Lupin, or giving us a glimpse of the ‘beast of Bolton’, “Changeling” is a collection about our relationship with the Other: fear and trust, force and freedom. Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
It was wonderrful to have Clare with us at VERVE 2018 with The Poetry Translation Centre. She read her wonderful translations of Asha Lul Mohamud Yisuf’s wonderful The Sea Migrations alongside Asha reading in the original language, and also delivered a translation workshop. We look forward to welcoming Clare to VERVE again before long!
Date: 26th May 2011
Extent: 64 pp