My most recent collection The Tempest Prognosticator is published by Salt in the UK and Random Umuzi in South Africa. My earlier collection A Fold in the Map is published by Salt in the UK and Jacana in South Africa. You can read more about these books and other publications (like joint work on the sinking of RMS Titanic, The Debris Field, published by Sidekick Books) here, along with poems, details of forthcoming readings and the odd snippet of news (for more, you can visit isobeldixon.tumblr.com).
I am currently working on a collaboration with Scottish artist Douglas Robertson, inspired by DH Lawrence's poems in Birds, Beasts and Flowers. More detail and images can be found here and in forthcoming journal publications.
2 Poems in Prairie Schooner
2 Poems in Magma 59
3 Poems in The Interpreter's House, Issue 56
'Stars, Flowers, Grass & Us' in The Dark Horse
'Nobodies' in The Mimic Octopus
'Suitcase Heart' in Popshot 11
Other work forthcoming in:
The New Statesman
25 July: 'The Twilight of the Iguana'
Friday 15 August, 8pm:
6 Poets at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh,
Interview on LitNet, May 2013
The Tempest Prognosticator
A Fold in the Map:
Every Valley Shall Be Exalted
Ours still surprises – fantastical towers,
the stacked volcanic chimneys
and that miraculous answering voice,
a valley to rejoice in, something known
beyond our town, a cause for small renown
in tourist brochures. And its poetic name –
The Valley of Desolation – some
lent to us by prehistoric forces.
The steep and twisting drive, and the walk
to the peak, where they built a hyphen
of a wall to keep us from the irresistible,
the fall, to the tumbled heaps of rocks,
below the Paolozzi pipes – the height
making the spekboom and acacia thorn seem soft.
Euphoric vertigo, the plunging view,
the letting go: into the echo’s
duplicating source, the granite heart
of the Karoo where the lizard shimmers,
liquid, in the drought. The road
to home has not yet been made straight.
From The Tempest Prognosticator