Disappearances touches on many kinds of vanishing, from the forgotten voices of imagined mediaeval women to the tangle of illusion and loss evoked by the history of stage magic. Kathleen Bell’s first full poetry collection interacts with art, history, literature and landscape, using both free verse and strict form to conjure a range of voices.
Kathleen Bell grew up on the ninth floor of a well-designed council block with “the best views in London” but for the past thirty years has made her home in the East Midlands. She has worked as a dog-walker, legal proofreader, editor, secretary, receptionist, navigated the benefits system, and taught English and Creative Writing at De Montfort University. She has published two poetry pamphlets: at the memory exchange (Oystercatcher, 2014) shortlisted in the Saboteur awards, and Do You Know How Kind I Am (Leafe Press, 2021), a twenty poem sequence exploring responses to lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions. Disappearances, which features an astonishing variety of verse forms and voices, from mediaeval times to the present day, is her first full-length collection.
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