Published: 15/09/2018
ISBN: 9781789013801
Format: Paperback

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Dr. Emily Bilman is London’s Poetry Society Stanza representative and hosts poetry meetings and seminars in her home in Geneva. After having earned her PhD from East Anglia Uni., UK, her poetry book... read more

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by Emily Bilman

Thresholds is a memoir in verse that highlights the life-changing influence of significant events in which pregnancy and birthing are presented as metaphors for poetry writing. The book is based on the sublimation of the mnemonic traces that sustain growth and extends the birthing metaphor to the migration and water crises of our contemporary world.


I rise into my breath and remark

A caterpillar’s change into a monarch

As it inflates its diaphanous wings for heft

And waits before it glides with the draft.

Into my lungs’ labyrinth my breath curls

To become the voice that unfurls

Into a poem whose tears fortify my identity.

To merge with the world’s fury is insanity.

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"Imago" was commended in the Cambridge Writers Poetry Competition.

"The White Owl", a sonnet included in Resilience, was commended at the Stanza Competition and read out at the Southbank Centre in London on National Poetry Day in October 2014.

Some poems from A Woman By A Well were read out at the American Mission in Geneva and were broadcast on the BBC and World Radio Switzerland.

An Appreciation by John K. Coleridge, Esq.

In the context of this collection, by the time we reach “Crushing”, we are alive to every word and totally engaged in each poem. The poem, entitled “The Stranger”, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Frost at Midnight”, skilfully follows what might be called the S.T.C. line while retaining the poet’s own methods and material. “Well” is full of music. I also very much admired the “The Mirage” and had particular pleasure reading “My Maybe Poem”, “The New Wind”, and “The Birth of Images”. Music again. The last poem brings us back to a very satisfying creative conclusion and to the next re-reading just as it would be with a worthwhile piece of music.
John K. Coleridge (signed by himself)
Norwich, England

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