The Meadows

Robin Leanse


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Golden Hare
19 November 2021
ISBN: 9781838406516
112 pages

From the publisher

The Meadows is a remarkable sequence of 101 sonnets that seeks at once to celebrate the life of an exceptional teacher and attempts to make sense of his tragic death. Robin Leanse’s mastery of form becomes a way of taking on the formlessness of loss. His style has an effortlessly conversational quality that is brilliantly achieved, the work of a poet at the height of his powers. It brings to his subjects – the nature of memory, the indispensable importance of friendship and the pull of the natural world – a rare intimacy. This is also an affecting tale of two fathers – Leanse’s own and the teacher he appointed to the role. Above all, it is a reminder that poetry can allow life to begin again, that it has the power to rise above sorrow.