This is Josephine Dickinson's second collection, and contains over 30 poems including by far her most ambitious to date, the long, diary-style On the Wind, written at the time of the avoidable foot-and-mouth epidemic of 2001, which devastated farming communities and the rural economy, especially in the North of England.
The natural world is a major source of inspiration for her, but she also engages with contemporary political issues such as terrorism, responding to the events of 11 September 2001 and their aftermath. Other poems, written in an equally accessible style, are more personal and domestic. The voice of the title is that lost voice barely remembered from childhood, found again - where?
Josephine Dickinson's first collection, Scarberry Hill, was published by The Rialto in 2001. Julia Casterton wrote in Ambit: 'Its first strength is the rich interior world, and Dickinson embodies this interiority in poems that are both formally satisfying and tonally so different that sometimes it really is like reading a new tongue.' Writing inThe North Paul Munden said: 'The lambs were still running makes Ted Hughes's February look positively tame.'
The Voice costs £7.50 and was published in 2003.
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