A Pocketful of Chalk

Claire Booker

Arachne Press

B format Paperback


ISBN: 9781913665692


Publication date: 28 July 2022



The South Downs lie at the heart of this collection – the sunsets and huge skies, cliffs and fossils, fishing vessels and windmills, people and sheep. Past, present and future collide within geological and emotional landscapes. Life erupts magically out of plum trees. Love is as friable as chalk, and as deeply underpinned. A lost father is redeemed through the gift of a chocolate rabbit, a loved one returns in the shape of a trombone. Mothers, both human and animal, prove their strength. A Pocketful of Chalk bursts with myth and metaphor, energy and originality. The giant of Wilmington leaves his hillside in an apocalyptic vision of global warming. Herons and Ospreys take flight, and a boy releases monsters from the sea shore. A cow really does jump over the moon. Claire Booker offers moving and memorable poetry from an iconic corner of England.

Claire Booker

After life in London as a journalist, herbalist and hypnotherapist, Claire Booker has up-sticks and now lives in Rottingdean, between the South Downs and the English Channel. Sky and sea often feature in her poetry.