The Remedies is the second poetry collection by Katharine Towers. Such an economy of words, beautiful, never a superfluous thought. Concise, moving, piercingly beautiful. My favourite is ‘The Roses’. Because of copyright restrictions I am unable to reproduce the poem in full, but please search it out in an anthology or at your local library.
Because my father will not stand again
beneath these swags of Himalayan Mush
nor stare for hours to see which stems are safe…
This poem is about remembering, about loss, about family. And roses.
Read more about Katherine Towers’ poetry at her website.
‘The Remedies’ by Katharine Towers [UK: Picador]
Read these other excerpts and find a new poet to love:-
‘Sometimes and After’ by Hilda Doolitte
‘Elegy of a Common Soldier’ by Dennis B Wilson
‘Lost Acres’ by Robert Graves
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