I Sing of Bricks (Salt Modern Poets)

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Angela Topping's poems are full of joy, tempered by sadness and always unflinchingly honest. She writes in a range of voices, always concentrating on the human experience, sometimes through unusual routes, like bricks, shoes, a single glove.

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Angela Topping has the knack of making the reader see things anew, of reinventing lyrical forms, and of disarming sceptics like myself with the ‘unexpected love’ which occurs throughout this carefully ordered and original work.
(Rupert Loydell)|These are poems that come alive as they negotiate the small details that make meaning in a life, meeting the end of love and
lives with compassion and feeling
(Deryn Rees Jones)|A husband abandons thrift in a small, sudden gesture of love. Two people swim together for the last time, but the unspoken back-story stays under the surface. In a basement kitchen, a cook creates a world of sensual colour.

Poems that start in places like these are sometimes dismissed as "anecdotal", but that is a mistake. Most unforgettable, transcendent moments happen in quite commonplace surroundings, which is just as well, since that is where most of us live. We need to find our meanings, our significance, in just such places, and it is one of the things poems like these can help us do.
(Sheenagh Pugh)|Angela Topping sings of bricks and cups and perfect grapes. She sings of the concrete, the power of objects, like a spell to ward off loss. (Helen Ivory)|Angela Topping's poems are deceptively simple, singing modern lullabies to the bottomless hole left in hearts by death and absence, by the failure of speech and love. Her work examines hurt without flinching, in a poetry that does not prevaricate or make pretty patterns with language where only straight-talking will answer. (Jane Holland)

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Angela Topping is a freelance poet with twenty years experience as an English teacher. She was Head of Literacy and Oracy at Upton Hall School until 2009. Her poems have been widely published, are used in verse speaking festivals all over the world, and feature in textbooks and on the internet education sites of various organisations including Amnesty International and Oxfam. She is a seasoned poet-in-schools for The Poetry Society and Windows Project, Liverpool. She has mentored many young writers and has tutored creative writing courses for all age groups. Her poems have been performed in a wide range of venues including The Greenbelt Festival, Manchester Poetry Festival, and The Bluecoat Arts Centre Liverpool.z

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