Leonie Rushforth


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Prototype Publishing Ltd.
8 February 2022
ISBN: 9781913513214
54 pages

From the publisher

Deltas, Leonie Rushforth’s first book, reveals a poetics on high alert, where the ‘tireless human sonar’ scans a compromised world for calamity and grace. In her vision of precarity and connectedness, attention might prove the opposite of surveillance: a tender, sober act of keeping faith with the ethical force of exact expression.

Her poems are provisional landscapes, like river deltas, where with language both sidelong and luminous she suggests a way of seeing and measuring distances – temporal, spatial, political – that opens a route not only to individual survival but to humane dialogue and the hope of community.

‘These are urgent, elegant, mesmerising poems. With superb lyric receptiveness, Rushforth bears witness to the “soft body” that exists “on the margin of what is really happening”. Deltas is a book to live with, a sober and passionate response to the presences and absences around which our private and public lives are formed.’– Frances Leviston