Endorsements and other general praise:
Behold! The lovely endorsements for A Radiance! From a cluster of LOVELY poets!
Bethany Pope’s compelling debut collection, A Radiance, weaves the voices of four generations into a rich story of family betrayal and survival, shame and grace, the visceral and the sublime. Unafraid to mine the darkest, most intimate and most radiant aspects of human experience, Pope’s poetry gives glimpses into a world both contemporary and deeply attuned to history – the embattled history of a family, but also of the American South where the author grew up. A sense of offbeat wonder at everyday miracles of survival and love both fires these poems and haunts them – in the best possible way.
The central image of Bethany Pope’s collection is a tin of army surplus uranium buried by her grandfather in the back yard. A similar weird light, dangerous and beautiful, illuminates these poems of family history, love and childhood. An exhilarating and exceptional new voice in poetry.
-Matthew Francis http://7greenhill.webs.com/
Bethany Pope: This is a stunning debut collection. It seems as if nothing has escaped her gaze: from uranium hidden light to the ‘roots which grow from watching’. Like the blade of her ancestor’s knife, her pen, too, cuts a fine feast of welcome at the kitchen table. In a lacerated world of experience, these poems invite us to reinvent loss as a new kind of dwelling, where the infinitesimal becomes as luminous as ever. The stories shared also remind us that the past never fully disappears.
-Menna Elfyn http://www.mennaelfyn.co.uk/
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