YOUR YORKSHIRE CREATIVE CORNER: Susan Darlington
Your Yorkshire Creative Corner | Susan Darlington - Poet & Music Writer
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Bargaining with owls, stone children who decide not to be born, and bodies becoming music beat across the pages of Susan Darlington’s new poetry chapbook.
Traumatropic Heart, which is available through Selcouth Station Press, explores the concept of traumatropism: the regrowth of a plant or tree because of earlier damage. The poems use this as a metaphor for the challenges we face in our own lives, including loneliness, being childless, and relationships.
Susan is based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Her work regularly explores the female experience through nature-based symbolism and stories of transformation. It has been published in Dreich, Fragmented Voices, Dream Catcher, One Hand Clapping and Anti-Heroin Chic among others. Her debut collection, Under the Devil’s Moon, was published by Penniless Press Publications in 2015.
Hannah Stone, author of Reflections: A Poet-Theologian in Lockdown Leeds (Maytree Press), said of the chapbook: "In taut, precise language, Susan Darlington finds both gothic horror and lusciousness in the world around her. Crammed into display cases and confined in doll's houses, the poet's persona conveys the same brave emancipation of Ibsen's Nora, and - like her - will leave you looking at the world with fresh eyes."
Becky Cherriman, author of Empires of Clay (Cinnamon Press), added: "Like a doll’s house, this neat, playful chapbook gives us the world in miniature. Only the wall is off. These poems expose the reader to the elements of Susan Darlington’s lucid imagination, vining the body of the speaker to the non-human world and illuminating what natural cycles can transform. Traumatropic Heart is a bewitching read.”
The release is being supported by a series of readings, including Monday, 8 November at Heart Centre, Headingley (part of Soundbites), Sunday, 21 November at Westgate Studios, Wakefield (part of Jackanory).
Susan is also an arts journalist and has been a regular contributor to a range of publications over the last two decades, including the Yorkshire Evening Post, Metro, Loud & Quiet, Spectrum Culture, and R2 (formerly Rock ‘n’ Reel).
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