‘A powerful, thought-provoking collection’ –Polly Courtney, author & broadcaster
‘To The Lions takes an honest and raw look at the pain in human relationships. It is a personal collection with universal themes. The imagery takes your breath away.’ –Josie-Anne Gray, The Dock
‘To The Lions is a dark, hard – hitting collection with a strong sense of yearning and loss’ –Paul D. Brazill, author of A Case Of Noir and Guns Of Brixton
In this third collection of poetry from talented Claire Meadows we see the writer revisit some of the themes she explored in Gold After, a collection that had an intense and at times harrowing quality about it. To The Lions is no less an intense collection and challenges the reader with its unflinching journey through painful places. The result is worth the challenge as the language is powerful, taut and inventive throughout and the collection has a pleasing unity and sense of completeness.
The amazing cover image of To the Lions is called ‘Silencio’ and was created by the incredibly talented Diana Haze
What do we want from artists? The same thing we want from ourselves: courage. Claire Meadows writes with an utterly exhilarating bravery. She knows full well that a truly lived live, and a genuinely felt love, involve being vulnerable to a tremendous dose of suffering. She presents her feelings with an unmediated, unadorned rawness that serves as a wake up call to being alive. We are nakedly bidden to leave our comfort zone and experience life as the brutal, erotic, exhilarating mess that we all secretly know it to be. If you want to remember how to feel, instead of coldly trying to think your way through life, I muchly recommend you dip or dive into this beautiful, twisted and blazingly redemptive selection of postcards from the inner sanctum.
Claire Meadows has traversed a diverse path throughout the course of her career. The journey has taken her from being a civil servant at the UK Home Office during the Blair premiership, to founding and heading up one of the UK’s most vibrant cultural forces – Nyne Enterprises Ltd – parent company of After Nyne Magazine, After Nyne Online and the Nyne Creative agency.
She is the author of two previous poetry collections, Gold After and Brittle Fires, both for Tempest Press. Her work has been compared most favourably with that of both Allen Ginsberg and Sylvia Plath.