Family Album is preoccupied with migration, journeys and places. In poems full of energy and life, Sheree Mack catches the complexity of family history –‘it was already there waiting for me’– the pull of the past and the threads that have formed her identity. These poems evoke images of sea journeys made from Barbados and Trinidad to England – ‘a place speckled / with a few brown faces’ – and onward travel to Bradford and Newburn, Tyneside.
Sheree Mack’s collection captures a sense of the migrations and changes of the last century, and shares with us, through the control and patterning of her poetry, an experience and insight that is her own.
"Sharp vignettes of a family with roots in Ghana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tyneside. This is deeply affectionate and very skilful poetry" Peter Bennet, Other Poetry
“Poems that do not flinch from the conflicts and inconsistencies of family bonds.” – Cynthia Fuller
Family Album costs £8.00 and was published in April 2011.
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