Her Orchards


‘Sue Leigh’s poems have the art of simplicity. She catches that strange thing – the clarity of the unsaid. Her writing has the depth of unearthing, ripening, slipping into the last of the light.’ — Pauline Stainer

  • The second collection by the prize-winning poet Sue Leigh considers how we might respond to our stay on earth.  In poems of deceptive simplicity, often looking at the world with the eye of a painter, she celebrates the brief beauty of our lives.
  • Here are poems that speak to our times, for our times.
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What is it to inhabit the earth, to imagine what’s beyond it, to grasp the livingness of things, the brightness of the moment? Sue Leigh’s poems are made of particularities. A woman weaves a basket, a painter catches the brief flight of a bird, a sculptor works with limestone once under the sea. In our looking, in our making, we may find and lose ourselves.

There are objects from the past: a Romano-British stone votive relief, a medieval roodscreen, a sampler stitched by a child in the nineteenth century. And what are they to us here, now? The poet suggests that ‘time is neither here nor there.’

In poems about travel over land and sea and to the moon, she depicts our restless, necessary, spirited journeys into being and ways of being. She comes home always to the shelter and the nourishment of orchards of her own.

Sue Leigh. Paperback, 56 pages, 210 x 135 mm, November 2021.

About the author: Sue Leigh read English at London University and completed her doctorate at the University of Aberystwyth. She worked for Faber & Faber for a number of years before leaving London and settling in rural Oxfordshire. She now works as a freelance writer and poet, and as a part-time tutor at Rewley House, Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education.


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