This next title is perhaps more suitable for those looking for a companion through a difficult Christmas time, or perhaps just for those who like their reading subjects serious, even while their halls be decked and their trees be tinseled. Day 15 is…
‘The Oxygen Man’ by Joanne Limburg, Published by Five Leaves Publications
Five Leaves is a small, independent press, that specialises in several areas – Jewish secular culture, social history, fiction and poetry.
In addition to their publishing program, the press is one half of the organising team for Lowdham Book Festival (the largest literature event in Nottinghamshire), a sponsor for several writing prizes, and one of the brains behind States of Independence, a project promoting independent presses.
Five Leaves is supported by Arts Council England. Read about them in more detail here.
‘The Oxygen Man’ by Joanne Limburg is a collection of poems written in response to the death of the author’s younger brother, a brilliant chemist who took his own life in 2008. They follow Limburg as she visits the mid-Western town where her brother lived, worked and died, range back over their shared childhood, and look ahead as she tries to work out what it means to be the one who stays behind.
“Limburg’s universe appears to be constantly twisting away from perception even as she pins it down in lines of singular economy.”
– Poetry Book Society
You can read 3 sample poems from the book on the blog Peony Moon.
[Day 15 on The Poetry Advent Calendar is ‘Tattoo in Winter’ by Kate Noakes]