The poems in Sharon Morris' first collection are both meditations on mortality and nature, and sharp edged celebrations of life - in turn tender, incantatory, dramatic, quotidian and elegiac. The three sections describe three different places, metaphorically and geographically: in False Spring the poet takes us out into the open spaces, the wildernesses at the edge of the city of San Francisco, touching on the myth of Persephone. This mythic thread is carried on through 'Rome', where the city's overlaid histories parallel the tension between what is revealed and what is hidden, while the final section 'Salt of Almonds', through the image of the desert of Spain, speaks of what will persist and endure.
Sharon Morris was born in West Wales and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, where she is currently a senior lecturer. She has exhibited photography, film and video, and performed live artworks bringing together spoken text and projected images. Having completed a PhD in 2000 on the relation between words and images, referring to writer H.D. and artist Claude Cahun, she continues to write on semiotics, visual theory and poetics, for which she received a Leverhulme research fellowship in 2003. Her poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including 'Tying the Song' (Enitharmon, 2000), the first anthology from The Poetry School, and 'In the Company of Poets' (Hearing Eye, 2003).