Love, sex, boats and friendship. And yet Jo Bell’s collection, Kith, is about so much more, as these bold and generous poems interweave bigger questions of place, identity and community and what these mean to us, here and now.
Delighting in the belting, beautiful turn-of-phrase, Jo Bell’s poems are lyrical and joyous, but always precise and clear as birdsong. They take us the long way home, plot histories along the route of backwaters, and are occasionally diverted for a roll in the hay; hearts are broken and boats are dry-docked. There will be tears, but there will also be love, safe harbours, and the company of wise and faithful kith.
Jo has been a regular at Verve, running workshops and hosting our headline events! We are huge fans and can’t wait to feature her in one of our headline slots herself!
Date: 14th April 2015
Extent: 84 pp