"A breathtaking account of a dark night ... More heady than ever"
published in a hardback limited edition of 200
The Bells of Hope is a series of 51 poems, all of them in a short form developed by the author, in which metaphor and truth swirl in one short and three long lines.
Lyrical and curious, these poems, though stand-alone, collectively chart a time of change in the poet’s life, delighting in unusual words and tumbling images, in poems whose titles run from A to Z and back to A.
Each [poem] has the feel of something completely compressed, like a car crushed into a cube, except that somehow all the individual components have survived and are interlocking perfectly. Strange little machines, then, but working to somewhat secretive ends.
Jon Stone, Dr Fulminare
The Bells of Hope inches more toward revelation than concealment and his language is more heady than ever. It is a breathtaking account of a dark night.
Kathleen Ossip, Attention Span
About the author
Roddy Lumsden (1966-2020) published numerous collections of poetry including Mischief Night: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2004) and Terrific Melancholy (Bloodaxe, 2011). Originally from Fife, he lived in London for many years and also worked as a puzzle, quiz and popular reference writer.