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Emily Hasler’s first pamphlet is overwhelmingly concerned with the natural world and how the human effects it with observation, taxonomy and legend – and that doesn’t exclude the poet’s act of recording which results in the poem. Emily spent a year as poet-in-residence at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, and her work is rooted in English poetic history, most explicitly in this allusion to some famous lines by Edward Thomas:

‘if we set them free the poisons escape

along with all the birds

of North and South America –’

Salt Publishing/paperback/£6.50/9781844718672

Dan Eltringham

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