Seeing Eye — Chris Considine
The latest collection from the author of In Search of Home, this is a collection about looking, and seeing. Through it runs the story of the transformation of Chris Considine’s poor eyesight after cataract surgery. The poems look closely at places — a city by the sea, a small island, a valley in the Pennines — and at small natural objects: daisies, woodlice, a tiny spider. They also look into stories from the history of these and other places and of the poet’s family.
The poems have a deftness of touch, a strongy visual impact, and employ an active language delighting in, as Tennyson said, ‘fitting aptest words to things’. [These poems] make us see things as if for the first time.
Chris Considine is a poet and former school-teacher who lived for many years in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, before moving to Plymouth. Her publications include St. Cuthbert and Bystanders (Redbeck Press, 2001) and Swaledale Sketchbook (Smith/Doorstop Books, 2002), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in the best first collection category in 2002. Her first full collection, Learning to Look, was published by Peterloo Poets in 2003, followed by Quarll, also from Peterloo, in 2006 and Behind the Lines (Cinnamon Press, 2011). At the beginning of 2004 Chris was a Hawthornden Fellow.