Responses to Sarah’s last reading at the launch of Jonathan Totman’s collection ‘Night Shift’ published by Pindrop Press in January 2021:
Sarah, what a beautiful reading. I love your poems and the way you read them. You write so beautifully about your family, about love and the everyday context of love.
I enjoyed the event very much, Sarah, rather to my surprise as poetry is not my usual mode of communication, I think I work rather differently with words. But you make very careful and imaginative use of words, as though you savour the taste of them, each one; that you seem to offer a palette or dish of various colours tastes and textures…. I was fascinated!
I have never in all my 95 years been so moved, touched, and impressed by a new young poet. You manage to express completely your understanding and your quite sensual love of the natural world, and of the wood and materials you work with, and not least of your husband. I find it quite incredible to see this beautiful sensitive material emerging from the now busy young woman who I first really knew as a shy teenager. Thankfully, you have many more years to go than the average butterfly! I look forward to your book being published.
Your poems are very immediate; there is depth and connection all at once too. Word music is uncommon but you have it.
Yours were different from the others, in my definition of embodied poetry that makes the heart sing. I could see Jaffa, smell the lemons and oranges. One of my beloved poets is Neruda and he too makes words sing. I really love this poem. It sums up so much of what was the lockdown for me. The calm, and beauty and anxiety and desire for things known and loved, and the strange relationship we have with others who have no connection to us. It is a small warm reality that I can take home.
I really loved your poetry last night. Thank you for reading it. I enjoyed and appreciated how you spoke it – voice and words melding so well together, thank you. A lovely legato sostenuto delivery (many people can’t read out as well as they write!).