A Fold in the Map
by Isobel Dixon
A Fold in the Map charts two very different voyages: a tracing of the dislocations of leaving one's native country, and a searching exploration of grief at a father's final painful journey. In the first part of the collection, Plenty -- "before the fold" -- the poems deal with family, and longing for home from a new country, with all the ambiguity and doubleness this perspective entails. In the book's
second half, Meet My Father, the poems recount events more life-changing than merely moving abroad -- a father's illness and death, the loss of some of the plenty of the earlier poems.
About the author
Isobel Dixon̴Ì_was born in Umtata, South Africa, grew up in the Karoo region and studied in Stellenbosch, and then in Edinburgh, before the world of publishing lured her to work in London. She now lives in Cambridge. Her poetry has been widely published in South Africa, where she won the Sanlam Prize and the Olive Schreiner Prize for her collection̴Ì_Weather Eye.Internationally, her work has been published inThe Paris Review,Wasafiri,̴Ì_Avocado,̴Ì_The Guardian,̴Ì_London Magazine, and̴Ì_The Tall Lighthouse Review, among others, and has been translated into Dutch and Turkish. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, including several of the British Council New Writing volumes, and she read on the first Oxfam Life Lines CD. She does regular readings around the country, often with a group of London-based poets, and has also participated in two group pamphlets̴Ì_Unfold̴Ì_and̴Ì_Ask for It by Name.
Author Isobel Dixon
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