A Gift of Rivers by Kate FoleyA Gift of Rivers by Kate Foley

A Gift of Rivers

byKate Foley

Paperback | April 26, 2018

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A new collection of poems about finding love in advancing years and the upheaval of moving country in fulfilment of that love.

From award-winning lesbian poet Kate Foley, a follow-up to her 2015 Arachne Press collection The Don’t Touch Garden which charted her adoption and childhood during WWII (also available as an audio book).

Kate Foley is a much published and respected poet with many awards to her name. This, her 8th collection is made from meeting, migration and marriage: poems reflecting the journey of one poet and her wife, across linguistic and geographical boundaries – and, with Brexit in the offing, it’s far from over yet.

Kate Foleyis a widely published, prize-winning poet who has read in many London, other UK and European locations. Her first collection, Soft Engineering was short listed for best first collection at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Kate, born in London before WW2, now lives in both Amsterdam and Suffolk, where she writes, performs and l...
Title:A Gift of RiversFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:50 pages, 7.81 × 5.06 × 0.1 inShipping dimensions:7.81 × 5.06 × 0.1 inPublished:April 26, 2018Publisher:Arachne PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1909208531

ISBN - 13:9781909208537


Table of Contents





A Loose Configuration

A Little Local Love

Like a Glove

Ordinary Exile


Mothers and Fathers


Silver Rembrandt


Becoming Enough

Quail Syndrome


Sheep May Safely

Here's Church Where's Steeple

Back to Basics

A Gift Of Rivers


When I Lie Next To You In Sleep

I am Your Second Language

In Dog Watches

Sleeping Together

Heart Surgery

To the Field Of Reeds

Editorial Reviews

“The poems in A Gift of Rivers start in the commonplace, but apply a forensic eye to explore an idea with as much curiosity and care as a historian or archaeologist would give to an artefact. This, combined with an understanding of craft and narrative, makes the poems satisfying.There’s a tenderness here that anyone can relate to. It explores the mundanity in love that’s gone beyond the heady days of romance and endured.”- Emma Lee in London Grip (http://londongrip.co.uk/2018/05/london-grip-poetry-review-foley-2/) “Here there is wit, human sentimentality as the butt of a joke—setting up an expectation of irony, then knocking it down with a self-aware admission of one’s helpless submission to the pleasure of convention. The poem sounds like a witty friend being vulnerable in the way that self-aware people are: not just letting it all out, but doing so hesitantly, and with qualifications. For those moments in the book, I found it worth reading. ”- Raffi Kiureghian, in The Cardiff Review (https://www.cardiffreview.com/single-post/2018/05/24/The-Gift-of-Rivers-by-Kate-Foley) “A new collection of poems about finding love in advancing years and the upheaval of moving country in fulfilment of that love.”  - The Poetry Book Society (https://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/products/a-gift-of-rivers-by-kate-foley)