“Ian Glass writes compellingly and beautifully about real life, with all its knots and twists and unexpected turns. He has an instinctive feel for a poem’s texture, its grain and the planed faces as well at what lies beneath the veneer, and has the measure of how the ordinary transforms itself through finding shape in language. These poems are clear, tender, often moving – but do not assume that they lack heft in their gentleness of approach. As Glass himself notes in the closing poem, ‘all that will remain is light’ – these poems are not afraid to throw their beam of searchlight clarity and bring intense experiences of loss and recovery into focus.”
“I found these remarkable poems intensely moving. They chart a process of huge loss and the road to recovery. Each individual poem is a small gem and the writing is so beautifully controlled that what I took from the collection in the end was a sense of hope. A really strong first collection. I loved it.”
About Leaving is very quiet and very precise.
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The Day You Left
Walking from one empty room
to another, filled with silence
after the harsh clatter
of diesel and last words,
and dust drifting in circles,
sunlit, but always falling.
With the clock ticking towards home-time.
With the sofa you chose
moved to where I had wanted it.
Somewhere between making a cup of tea
and finding your pencilled note:
bras should be hand-washed
is where the falling stopped,
is where I started.