"Extended Family" is a sensual celebration of the varied relationships that make up lives richly lived: from the subtle, intimate interactions of close family members and lovers, to the mutual rewards and stresses of relationships with friends, therapists, students and housemates. The book begins in America, with childhood memories and adolescent love. In the second section, 'Younger Men Have Birthdays Too', a love affair unravels in a sequence of tender, angry love poems. In the final section, relationships encompass casual interactions and the close understandings of friends, loving kindness and the chaos of mental breakdown. Linda Chase's wit and sharp eye for telling detail make this a collection in which, with a wry eye, the poet can express heartbreak, and the narratives of the everyday reveal unique moments of insight.
- Paperback | 96 pages
- 136 x 210 x 12mm | 140.62g
- 30 Oct 2006
- Carcanet Press Ltd
- Manchester, United Kingdom
'Poems that are punchy, direct, moving, but unsentimental...These are poems to admire and return to. A talent to watch.' - R.V. Bailey. 'The Wedding Spy is a lucid, intelligent collection that doodles with traditional form and which scopes the poet's own life.' - Vic Allen, North magazine.
About Linda Chase
Linda Chase grew up in a suburb of New York City and studied creative writing at Bennington College in Vermont. She then became a stage costume designer in San Francisco and later (1968) in Edinburgh where her children were born and where she began studying Tai Chi. In 1980 she moved to Manchester and established her own Tai Chi school and also taught in psychiatric and geriatric hospitals. At the age of 50, she began to publish poems in magazines and journals. The Wedding Spy was published by Carcanet Press in 2001. Chase Linda is a part time lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and a tutor for the Poetry School in London.