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Through his consideration of debris, Chris Parker develops the themes of communication, learning and relationship he first shared in The City Fox & others in our community. Through the voices of some of the original characters in The City Fox and a range of new ones, we are invited – and sometimes challenged – to consider the impact of our communications, beliefs and social structures on others and ourselves.
The word debris, we learn, refers to broken or torn pieces of something larger. So just what is our relationship with debris? To what extent do we create it and what are its effects on others and us? Is debris only a form of waste, or can it be empowering and useful? And if debris is a part of something larger, just what is that something? These are the questions we are encouraged to address in this new collection of poems that explore just what it means to be human and how we influence each other.
debris provides a provocative insight into the seemingly ordinary world; it is evocative and fascinating. —Steve Reynolds, Writer and Film Director
A stunning collection of poetry in which the author bears his soul and the reader reaps the rewards. Each poem will make you think and many will touch you and make you weep. This is truly an inspired collection. —Don Harradine PhD. Principal Lecturer, Nottingham Business School
As citizens around the world retreat inwards to their national borders in an attempt to fend off the pressures caused by growing globalisation, this poetry collection provides a welcome reminder of the value of silent self-reflection in a search for peace and human connection. —Alan Barnard Author of Campaign It! Former Director of Campaigns and Elections for Tony Blair’s Labour governmentRead More
Claire Meadows takes her reader on a dark and at times savage journey through a smouldering, hellish world where smoke, fire, illusion and disillusion play their part, obscuring the light, keeping the voice in a state of perpetual darkness. This is a collection of some of Claire’s classic poetry, as well as never published before new verse. The perfect place to start for all those yet to discover Claire’s work.Read More
‘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
The latest review is from To Die For:
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.Read More
Tess Rosa Ruiz is a powerful new voice on the American literary scene, redolent of Kerouac and Rollins in a battle of words. Freefall into Us is a compelling collection of unique poetry and prose that provides an emotional mosaic of the path of relationships. This is a raw and visceral insight into how women and men desire, need, want – and ultimately love each other – in the most beautiful, passionate and honest ways.
The carefully structured flow of poetry and short stories provides the reader with a constantly challenging and engaging snapshot of humanity, leading them through different stages of desire, sex, lust, obsession and passion in adult relationships. These are the feelings we have all felt, but are often afraid to voice. Freefall into the words and perhaps, just perhaps, you’ll recognise a piece of you.
“Boooooom! Reading Tess Rosa Ruiz’s words sends you hurtling headlong into her world of raw emotion and pinpoint human detail. The reader resides in the same room as the characters and events, experiencing every nuance of the unfolding dramas. Rosa Ruiz’s style is stripped down to the emotive essentials and delivers the real deal – it’s happening now! Fast! Urgent! Cutting! And then the bombshell hits, and the reader is greater, richer and rewarded with deep insight into the pain, anguish and joy of the very real characters.
This is a rollercoaster of a read from a no-nonsense writer who is unafraid to use words to strip her characters naked and bare before the reader, adeptly identifying the emotions that drive us. Tess Rosa Ruiz is clearly a writer to watch – follow the shine and be dazzled. ”
Martin Skate, bestselling author of The Spike Collection
“Provocative stories that are earthy, sensual and compelling along with prose that makes you think. Tess Rosa Ruiz is a writer worth watching”
Paul LaRosa, Emmy-Award winning writer and producer
“Tess Rosa Ruiz grabs you by the scruff of your neck and the back of your belt and flings you into her world. A world full of fabulous imagery, combined with all the drama you can stand.”
Louis Romano, Novelist & Poet
“Tess Rosa Ruiz delivers a powerful and vivid collection of masterfully woven tales that will stay with you long after you have read the final word. She is an explosive and provocative new talent who blurs the line between fantasy and reality in ways that many hope for but few achieve. Ignore her literary prowess at your own risk.”
Ian Lowell, author of Son of Sam Was My Catcher and Other Bronx Tales
The City Fox
and others in our community
In this collection of engaging, emotive and thought-provoking poems Chris Parker explores the relationship between community, communication and learning. Through a series of interrelated stories he introduces a range of characters and settings, contrasting the challenges of the human search for identity, meaning and purpose with the synergy, simplicity and silence of Nature in the city.
‘Chris Parker’ s poetry speaks to the constant complexity that cannot be overcome. The City Fox is both brain-wise and mindful.’
John Sullivan. Psy. D.
Co-author, The Brain Always Wins
‘I began reading Chris Parker twenty years ago. He was amazing then and he is amazing now.’
Geoff Thompson. BAFTA Award winning screenwriter.
‘Worth reading for the gems.’
Professor Stephen Chan. O.B.E.
You can enjoy Chris reading two of his poems at the following links:
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