Moormaid Press have just published a new and wonderful collection of Nell Farrell’s poems, Mermaids and Other Devices


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commissioned cover by Tracey Holland


This is an image from one of Tracey Hollands collections, It is a measure of her exquisite aesthetic sensitivity that she is able to create such emotionally convincing scenarios out of material that, in other hands, could invite sentimental indulgence and sensationalist morbidity: bloodthirsty fairy tales of heartbreak and revenge, cross associations drawn between the pulsings of the human heart and the churning rhythms of natural growth, loss and absence suggested by dramatically cast shadows. Through multiple juxtapositions of imagery, and through ambiguous combinations of objects and images, Holland builds up a deeply layered dream world that is unmistakably her own.