Mariscat, August 2016.
'These beautiful poems, their imaginative energy, crystalline natural imagery and purity of line evoking the past and invoking a sense of personal and sororial loss, are in turn celebratory and revelatory. Recalling her parents with insight and tenderness – startlingly elegising her father and in conjuring up her mother's presence and strength, unselfconsciously mirroring her own – Isobel Dixon instils both heartbreak and exhilaration. And in extending her poetic frontiers she ever more vibrantly consolidates her roots. '
Stewart Conn, poet and playwright
The Leonids is a short pamphlet of poems about being a daughter and a sister, about illness and recovery, old age and love – seventeen poems centred around that force of nature, my mother, Ann Rosemary Murton Dixon née Chinn, who died in May 2015.
‘Isobel Dixon’s beautifully produced pamphlet The Leonids (Mariscat) is a very moving work about the loss of her mother and she also published Bearings this year with the always lively Nine Arches Press.’ – Chris McCabe, The Morning Star, Poetry Round-up 2016
Two poems in the collection, ‘Mercury’ (for my mother) and ‘Carbon’ (for my father) came through thinking about the Periodic Table of the Elements. In 2016 I took part in an event at Birmingham’s Think Tank on science and poetry in which, with scientist Zoe Schnepp, I talk a little bit about these poems and their elemental inspiration. Read more here.
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