Leaves Like Spindrift by Isabel Chenot

Isabel Chenot is an example of that rare poet who possesses a lyrical voice which speaks as much to the head as the heart. The poems in this volume — her first collection — reflect on glimpses of eternity found in everyday, ephemeral experiences. In doing so they express a vision of the natural world within which one may find flashes of astonishing beauty in unexpected places. She writes that, “poetry has a special capacity in its musical aspect for amorphous shadows of thought”. That delicate musical suggestiveness is found in abundance in this lovely book.

One reviewer wrote:

Images of birds, leaves, light and water permeate these subtle and moving poems. Isabel Chenot’s vision is one where eternity is to be perceived in all the minute details of the natural world, if only we could adopt her ability to be still and alive to the amazing detail offered by light on water or the miracle of a bird in flight. This poet is acutely aware of transience and in these careful and precise poems uses interweaving themes and images to create a collection of beauty and celebration. I see these poems as reflecting the divine in all its forms, with the same intelligence and reverence as poets such as Kathleen Raine, Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver. This is a collection to treasure for its timelessness and accessibility, one that offers wonder, solace and ultimately peace.” — Victoria Field


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