Ward Wood Publishing, 2018
Myra Schneider’s tenth collection, Lifting The Sky, explores the theme of survival in many contexts: from the perils facing refugees and survivors of war to the detailed and tender mating ritual of endangered seahorses.
Threats to the environment are balanced by the preservation of delicate objects in ancient burial sites such as Sutton Hoo which is also a meditation about death.
The final narrative sequence ‘Edge’ is a tour de force, presenting a diary of artistic and emotional breakdown due to depression followed by healing and restored creativity.
Myra Schneider reads Lifting the Sky at the book launch in the Poetry Society’s Poetry Cafe, London, November 2018.
“Poetry readers can pick up a new collection from Myra Schneider with absolute confidence that there is quality within. Penelope Shuttle comments in Artemis poetry, that ‘This poet enters the daunting yet essential regions where we face ordeals and seek understanding in and out of the toughest places in the world, both private and public.’ Schneider’s tenth full collection amply fulfils this expectation…
This is a big collection, coming well into an impressive poetry career, with so much to admire. Rich imagery, a restless search for meaning, a sense of finding hope in nature, serenity in qigong, all play a role as Myra Schneider lifts the sky on humanity again.”
Wendy Klein, The London Grip (read the full review here)
“I love the tremendous flexibility of the poems – emotional, imaginative, reflective and the way they move from small details to the wider concepts, the sense of home and ‘being at home’ or otherwise, and the sense of beyond. I love the way I can almost physically enter your kitchen to be taken on an inner journey. There are lots of surprises – the delightful poem Seahorses, for instance, and It Was, and the very dynamic syncopation in the long poem. This book is surely your most ambitious, and that’s saying a lot!”
“So many inspiring poems full of sensuous detail (and vibrant colour!), reflection and feeling. These qualities intertwine with an honesty, humanity and courage in a way that makes your poems unique. I love The Pear Tree which is so alive and beautiful, Sutton Hoo is amazing. Other favourites are Kitchen, Windows and The Stone, and of course the delightful Seahorses.”
“I have read both your books with great pleasure. The balance you get in so many of the poems is wonderful, always a look at both sides of experience, the going down and the coming up. I find the poems so true to how the mind works – and it’s deeply reassuring that the poems keep coming up on the right side.”