The Venus Pool by Wendy Falla
A brief Review by Julian Stannard
Wendy Falla has a sharp eye for detail and a great ear for dialogue, sometimes alternating between standard English and the patois of Channel Islands. She is a natural story teller and her poems are beautifully observed narratives which reveal a deep and sympathetic knowledge of these unique Islands from where she originally comes. The Venus Pool is not only a poetic document, it creates a kind of spiritual geography which evokes the extraordinary island history which has looked in all directions but in which each has its own distinct culture.
His work was represented in the Faber Anthology First Pressings (1998) and the Oxford Poets/Carcanet Anthology (2004), and he writes for the Guardian, TLS, PN Review, Poetry London, Poetry Review and Nuova Corrente (Italy). He has read at festivals and literary venues throughout Europe and the United States and he was awarded The Troubadour Prize in 2010.
His work has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize for Poetry (USA) and a Forward Prize (UK). His film poem 'Sottoripa', in collaboration with Guglielmo Trupia, appears on http://vimeo.com/81617966.
He has published four books on writing and writers and four volumes of poetry. For more about Dr Julian Stannard go to the Winchester University website, here.