A poetry reading featuring two guest poets, Caroline Carver, Plymouth University’s Poet-In-Residence with the Marine Institute and fellow friend and poet Chris Considine in honour of Caroline’s most recent collection, Fish Eaters.
Fish Eaters was published by University of Plymouth Press in October 2015.
The event will start with complimentary drinks and snacks at 17:30 followed by the reading beginning at 18:00.
A stand for Caroline’s most recent collection, Fish Eaters will be available for audience members to browse and purchase during the event. The book may also be purchased after the event via the University eStore.
All welcome. Please note: seating will be on a first come, first served basis during this event due to space restrictions.
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About the book
Caroline’s gift of conveying serious meaning in a light-hearted way shines through in her most recent collection, as the poems reflect the preciousness of marine life, the urgency of environmental concerns, and the dangers to threatened species. A particular challenge in the writing of these poems was to reflect on scientific matters without letting a poem become a piece of prose or without going into too much technical detail.
Caroline alludes to the James Lovelock concept of Gaia, an example of her light-hearted look at a deadly serious subject, the behaviour of the jet stream and its effects on climate change. Another example of a particular piece of knowledge comes with the poem Pole of Inaccessibility. Although Caroline gathered the material for this poem within the Marine Institute, she was able to add the Coca-Cola can that was found under the North Pole, having met the Canadian explorer who was the first person to dive there.
The final poems featured within the collection reflect on humanity’s place within the environment, and the inescapable fact that we ourselves are composed mainly of water:
"Breaching the space between the seen and unseen, going under what Melville called the ocean’s skin, Caroline Carver places herself at the edge of the unknown sea and prints us back into its memory, gloriously." Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan, or The Whale and The Sea Inside