Valerie Gillies

Valerie Gillies’ poems are of a startling clarity. The precision of thought and image that coalesce in her vivid and occasionally microscopic descriptions might prompt a line of comparison between her work and that of the earlier, American poet, Elizabeth Bishop. This is a connection that is further borne out in the poems’ preoccupation with journey and discovery, a focus that gives us the sense of the poems’ being somehow turned outwards – towards the world beyond the page, that is, and towards the reader.

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