‘Poetry is a painting in the mind –
Without palette and brush
it mixes words into images.’
This commemorative collection of poems by Phoebe Hesketh has been selected by her son, Martin Hesketh. The collection includes poems from the twelve volumes and collections of her poetry that were published during her lifetime, her poems for younger children and 38 late poems not published previously.
Although she started her career as a poet comparatively late in life, Phoebe Hesketh had shown great facility with verse from a young age, winning a prestigious poetry prize while still in her teens. Writing in a deceptively simple idiom, she gained many admirers over the years for the combination of intellectual rigour and emotional honesty found in her work and, in particular, for her precise and powerfully evocative descriptions of the natural world.
‘Phoebe Hesketh is one of England’s strongest and most genuine poets.’ANNE STEVENSON