I was extremely lucky to read and be able to review Exquisite a few weeks ago. You can find my literary fangirling here: Lots of Ex- | Book Review of Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
Today I am just as lucky as I have special content coming right from the author… I would like to thank Karen Sullivan for choosing the best stories, Anne Cater for squeezing me into the blog tour, and Sarah Stovell for her very personal guest post…
Sack after sack of rubble family
piled into the sky. Earth had no space,
no place for these: the lowly high risers,
the ruined view.
There was no need
to make them safe.
There was only need
One spark, and the flames took the lot.
From ten floors up, a woman
while opposite, from empty mansions,
the rich didn’t have to look.
London, and England have suffered a lot recently and this poem went straight to my heart.
The Aging Earth
You’ve spun time since the beginning, old globe. A forest of ages
lies behind you; through its branches we glimpse: reptiles; ice;
volcanoes; rock; and eons of nothing at all.
You’re more than middle-aged now. Four-and-a-half billion years
and they say you’ll go on for six. But this, your finest, most fertile
hour is closing and you suffer with the change.
You are hot. There’s not enough ice left to cool your face – you sweat
a monsoon. It floods the earth but still your deserts creep and spread
and baked mountains weep their snow.
You won’t go gently, but rage against it; high seas throw salt
on parched ground, betrayed, but still we hope you’ll find a way
to take our children into the shade, and turn your face from the sun.
Sadness, and against it, hope. Hope that the Earth keeps on turning. That things start turning in the right direction.
Sarah has a beautiful style and I was over the moon to discover those poems. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Find all the stops on the Exquisite Blog Tour below and read all about the book!
Are you curious about the author? I was lucky to have Sarah take part in the Orenda Month I organized last March! Discover 5 things about her as well as her biography!
Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth hostel made her realise she was a northerner at heart. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner and two children and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lincoln University. Her debut psychological thriller, Exquisite, is set in the Lake District.
Follow Sarah on Twitter: @Sarahlovescrime