Envies the Birds: £12.99 (hardback)
‘Envies the Birds is philosophical, delicate and attentive, marked by the poet’s ear for music and startling intelligence… a thoughtful, moving debut collection.’ – Jennifer Wong, Poetry Review
‘There is an urgency of saying in all D’Roza’s work, to speak experience authentically and thereby lead it beyond the subjective, and to bring it to its point, its meaning, which is never reached in an automatic or conventional way.’ – Peter Riley, The Fortnightly Review
Envies the Birds is Angelina D’Roza‘s debut full-length poetry collection. A beautifully produced 80-page hardback (with cover artwork by Beverley Green), it is now available from Longbarrow Press for £12.99. You’ll also receive a free copy of the colour-themed pamphlet The Rose of Temperaments (with poems by Angelina D’Roza, A.B. Jackson, Chris Jones, Geraldine Monk, Helen Mort and Alistair Noon). You can order the book securely by clicking on the relevant PayPal button above. Click on the links at the top of this page to read and listen to poems from the book. Correspondences, a hand-stitched pamphlet comprising 18 new poems, appeared from Longbarrow Press in September 2019; order the pamphlet here.
This quiet is more shul than nothingness and must be given due respect. She thinks it’s like the grass on Lose Hill, that doesn’t muddy where others have been, but tilts gold at certain times of day, and leads her down from the top.
In Tibetan, shul is the impression left after whatever made it has gone. Envies the Birds is the tarmac blueprint where a tower block once stood, “the channel worn through rock where a river runs in flood, the indentation in the grass where an animal slept last night”.
A new podcast focuses on four poems from Envies the Birds, recorded at the foot of the Cholera Monument, Sheffield; D’Roza’s readings are interspersed with reflections on the vegetal layering of nearby Clay Wood, and the rapid layering of the city skyline. Listen to the podcast below:
Envies the Birds was launched at The Fat Cat, Sheffield on 18 May 2016. Details of future readings and events will be posted here.
Click here to read ‘Late for the Sky’, a new Longbarrow Blog post by Angelina D’Roza, reflecting on (un)seasonal change, hope in the desert, and her poem ‘Fairytale No.9’.
Angelina D’Roza is poet in residence at Bank Street Arts. She is a writing mentor with the Koestler Trust, and volunteers as a shared reading facilitator. Her work includes collaborations with visual artists and sound artists, and her poems have appeared in a range of publications, including the Longbarrow Press anthology The Footing (2013).
Photo: Emma Bolland