Planet 231

Rosalind Hudis reviews
by Kate Carruthers Thomas and
by David Batten


Cinnamon, £8.99

What does it mean to belong? This question drives Kate Carruthers Thomas’s debut collection, Navigation. Tightly crafted lyrical pieces recount significant life events, or evoke rural and urban scenarios from the Cotswold to the Antarctic and the north of England. All provide territory for Thomas to explore the nuanced repositionings of self to achieve connection. Temporality is crucial here, disturbing the solidity of place, bleeding past into the present. Navigation charts the poet’s own journey to reach balance within such instability.

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