Call and Response is a letter from a daughter to her mother, recalling the time of the mother’s illness. Hard-edged yet tender, the poems explore the darker side of familial bonds and the strange ways suffering can heal old wounds.
With black-and-white illustrations by Emma Wright.
Paperback ISBN 978-1-912915-48-4
Publication date: 26th March 2020
Page count: 28
About the poet
Rachel Spence is a poet. Now living in London, she spent nearly ten years in Venice, Italy. She has a pamphlet, Furies (2016) and a collection, Bird of Sorrow (2018), both published by Templar Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in publications including PN Review, the Financial Times, Envoi, The Indian Quarterly, The Frogmore Papers, South Bank Poetry and Iota. Her poem ‘Antonello’s Song II’ was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2019. In her day job she is a freelance arts writer, chiefly for the Financial Times.