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Revolution by Amanda Bell

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Revolution by Amanda Bell

By Grace O’Reilly

I was delighted to receive a copy of Revolution in the post a few weeks ago.  Amanda signed a lovely copy of Revolution, as well as her other book which I reviewed last year, on writing.ie, called Riptide.  Amanda Bell writes poetry which is from the heart and connects with people right to the corr.

Published this year, (2022), by wildflower poetry press, this chapbook is both the ideal read for a quick read on a short bus journey, or can be savoured, and you can let your “food for thoughts”, stew on a slow cook setting.

The blurb at the back of the book is as follows:

A collection of haiku which borrows the months of the French Revolutionary Calendar to structure a year of nature observations; one full revolution of the earth is around the sun, beginning at the Spring Equinox.

The cover photograph is by Patrick Gageby.  It is a black picture with a fiery orange moon and tree branches silhouetting the moon’s ‘flame’.  This chapbook was aided by assistance from The Arts Council of Ireland for a Literary Bursary Award in 2020.  Some of the material in this chapbook has been previously published in other publications, BHS Members Anthology 2018, Blithe Spirit, Modern Haiku, Presence, Seashores, and Undercurrants.

What is beautiful about this, is that the French words and dates are used for the appropriate haikus.  For example, it starts off with “Germinal, Month of Sprouting Buds 21st March – 19 April” and the definition of, what does the word Germinal in French mean in English, on Google says,

“Germinal (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɛʁminal]) was the seventh month in the French Republican Calendar. The month was named after the Latin word germen, “germination”. Germinal was the first month of the spring quarter (mois de printemps).”

I love Amanda’s imagery and I adore the Japanese art of Haiku and how it melodically flows like water or music, and is inspired and based on the beauty of nature in this world.  My favourite two pieces in the book are from

“Floréal, Month of Flowering 20 April – 19th May

wild raspberry flowers

batted by white-tailed bumblebees –

hedgegrows swaying”

And the very last piece,

“Ventóse, Month of Wind 19 Feb – 20 March

total blackout

the countryside floodlit

by a supermoon”

Revolution by Amanda BellI love that Bell is brave enough to throw caution to the wind, and not use capital letters.  The benefits of artistic license!  For more information on this creative woman, and her works, check out her website at: www.clearasabellwritingservices.ie @gagebybell

(c) Grace O’Reilly

Order your copy online here.

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