The Waiting Hillside is a paean to time and memory; a collection haunted by the ghosts of undead moments that walk the here-and-now of our everyday lives. From the emotional panorama of the opening poem, ‘At Uffington’, an arc is traced through masculinity, love and family history rendered through the physical and emotional landscapes inhabited by the poems. Time and again, throughout this collection, ‘we rejoin the moment; /driving deep the flint of it into/ the chalky quick’ of modern times. Martin Malone charts frankly, the journeys with unreliable maps that constitute the emotionally layered complexities of 21st century life and relationships.
The two new Templar Cumbrian poets, Kathleen Jones and Martin Malone, launched their first collections at a special event in Grasmere in the Jerwood Centre, at the Wordsworth Trust on Saturday 26th November.
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