Pauline Stainer’s work has been greatly admired for its visionary gleam as much as its economy of expression. A poet of the numinous, she captures with an exquisite precision those elusive moments of experience that are charged with strangeness and mystery. She draws on an eclectic range of sources, from Christian theology to Eastern art and optics, but always converts the material into her own personal vision and idiom, crystalline and memorable. These poems have been taken from her seventh volume, Tiger Facing the Mist, to be published next year.

Pauline writes: “The wellspring of my writing ...


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