: Betty (M.)

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82pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2022


Dark Horse is the best collection of poems I have read in years. One brilliant poem follows another. I finished it in one sitting and then started at the beginning again.” Finuala Dowling

“In her compelling second volume of poetry, Michèle Betty navigates the dark corners of the soul. In three sections – Verso, Inversus and Verbatim – the scars of loss are described with finely tuned perception. Substantial spiritual awareness is packed into these well-crafted poems. The reader is made aware of a symmetry between grief and acceptance as the poet uncodes foreign landscapes and the inner landscape of the self.” Joan Hambidge

Michèle Betty is the founder of Dryad Press. Her debut collection, Metaphysical Balm (2017) was shortlisted for the 2018 Ingrid Jonker Prize.