Meryl Pugh’s single prose-poem pamphlet is a beautifully wrought piece that considers the ambivalent privilege of heterosexual marriage via the Egyptian myth of Osiris. As each powerful section passes, thoughts are provoked about tenderness, loyalty, self-esteem and their place in violent or indifferent environments; about what happens to good intentions in unequal romantic contracts. At the same time this evocative poetry opens up the possibility of wonder and myth in the contemporary everyday. Often difficult subjects are peeled away gradually to reveal, finally, the prospect of wonder and hope.
Meryl read from and discussed Natural Phenomena at our second VERVE festival in 2018. Then in 2021 she produced this wonderful pamphlet and published it with Verve Poetry Press. We’re huge fans of this excellent poet.
Date: 20th May 2021
Extent: 32 pp