Step into the magical word-world of Linda Black. Singsong and urbane by turn, these poems are rich in Hardyesque rhythms and moods undercut by an astute and often funny commentary. Using techniques more usually found in nsense poetry, pastoral and ballad, this collection devises 'a route map of liquid thought'. Linda Black leads the very few British poets who present the process of consciousness and she does it in a wholly original way. -Claire Crowther
Linda Black studied at Leeds Art College, Goldsmiths and the Slade School. She ran Apollo Etching Studio in London and has exhibited widely. She was the recipient of the 2004/5 Poetry School Scholarship and a pamphlet of her work, The beating of wings (Hearing Eye, 2006) was the PBS Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2007. She is the winner of the 2006 New Writing Ventures Award for poetry. The Son of a Shoemaker (Hearing Eye, 2012), a sequence about the early life of Hans Christian Anderson, also illustrated by the author, was the subject of an exhibition at The Poetry Cafe in 2013. She is an editor of Long Poem Magazine. Slant is her third collection from Shearsman Books.