Ash Keys is a journey, these poems the keys (or seeds) gathered along the way. Some are sad or dark, some are humorous or hopeful; some have found received forms and some are in free verse. These are personal poems, among them mood pieces and character sketches from my childhood in South Africa and a year in New Zealand. There are poems that come to terms with the end of a long marriage and the challenge of single parenthood, that explore the complexities of rebuilding a life and of working it out in a foreign country and culture, in this case, France. This is the fight for survival and the search for love and fulfillment that we all know well.
Lee Nash writes deft, evocative poems that pick their way across a life lived in different parts of the world. Rooted in small, telling details, these poems have an undercurrent of self-mocking wit coupled with respect for women who cope with challenges different to her own. Nash's poems are written in a range of forms, always well crafted.
Angela Topping—former Writer in Residence at Gladstone's Library
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lee Nash lives in France and freelances as an editor and proofreader. Her poems have appeared in print and online journals in the UK, the US and France including Acorn, Ambit, Angle, Magma, Mezzo Cammin, Orbis, Poetry Salzburg Review, Presence, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, The Lake and The World Haiku Review. You can find out more on her website: leenashpoetry.com.
58 pages, 40 poems
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