Thirteen years ago today Salena Godden was stranded in New York. In a friend’s apartment she wrote what would become the title poem of her Burning Eye collection Fishing in the Aftermath – Poems 1994-2014. I think it is a landmark poem for Salena. It acts as a kind of pivot in the book. I think there is a subtle difference in the poems written before and after it, a visible evolution in style.  But look the purpose of this post isn’t to write you a huge analysis of the book. You go read it and make your own judgement. Then buy me a pint sometime and we can debate it. The purpose of this post is to mark the date and chalk the timeline and to present you with this sample of Salena’s fine book, including Fishing in the Aftermath, written in Brooklyn, 13th September 2001.

Fishing in the Aftermath – Poems 1994-2014 is available from the Burning Eye Book Store. £12.00 and with Free P&P on all order you know…

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