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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
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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