There Will Be Dancing | Kemal Houghton
Kemal Houghton lives on the Wirral. He is Chair of the Chester Poets, a co-presenter at First Thursday in Heswall and of Poetry Roundup on the internet station Vintage Radio. He is on the planning group for the Wirral Poetry Festival and has run numerous workshops for both the festival and other community groups. He has a diverse body of work which has appeared in Chester Poets’ Anthologies since 1981, Poetry Scotland, Poetry Cornwall, The Jabberwocky Green Book, and on-line on Three Drops of the Cauldron.
This is Kemal’s first publication with Red Squirrel Press and sets out to explore, not just people and places, but attitudes to and our relationship with the world we live in. Amongst the many ideas collected over the years, be assured—There Will Be Dancing.
‘There is a reassuring solidity in these poems, which encompass themes of time passing, evanescence and journeying on foot. Yet conversely there is also a disconcerting sense of the poet observing life from a very distant vantage point. A worthy first collection.’
‘Exploring walking, art, family, love and nature, these poems find significance in lived experience and always seek “a sense of purpose”.’
‘This pamphlet sends us forth to explore landscapes both real and imaginary; exhorts us to make the most of precious time, appreciate small matters in the face of loss, the roads that take us to where we belong, and while not without prophetic warnings of the monsters we unleash There Will be Dancing is a refreshingly accessible read, rooted in optimism.’
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