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Equations of Breath

‘Lucy Alexander’s Equations of Breath is a questing volume of poetry and prose poetry that frequently tantalises the ineffable. It probes the intimate connections between people, and human relationships to the more-than-human world. At its core is a series of moving poems illustrating memory’s connection to identity and perception. Equations of Breath also deals poignantly with the experience of dementia and the complex relationships between parents and children. This book is imagistic and linguistically playful, powerfully foregrounding the importance of the imagination.’
Paul Hetherington

‘Lucy Alexander’s fourth collection conjures landscapes where the line between internal and external worlds blurs. What strikes in these intimate poems is breath. Here it is tight. There it is released with relief, longing or grief. Here the ‘blue and yellow of time’ bleed into each other along phylogenetic lines. There ‘is no time in the present’ and ‘love is a measure of distance.’ Vulnerable and defying Equations of Breath beckons for its craft and care.’
Dominique Hecq

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‘Lucy Alexander’s poems, vibrant, smart and witty with awareness of the ways a woman’s voice can be side-lined and side-stepped, attentive to the almost untouchable meniscus of grief, caught by ideas and music, become a body of poetry that incorporates astronomy, mythology, biology, neuroscience, landscape, nature, breath, air and song thrillingly and knowingly. Her ekphrastic take on Big Mu Mama Thornton’s ‘Hound Dog’ should become a classic of its form.  If you take them with you, these poems, like her phone, will be that ‘wasp buttoned into a pocket’ — and best of all the only user’s manual you’ll need is your human heart.’

Kevin Brophy

‘Lucy Alexander’s Equations of Breath is a questing volume of poetry and prose poetry that frequently tantalises the ineffable. It probes the intimate connections between people, and human relationships to the more-than-human world. At its core is a series of moving poems illustrating memory’s connection to identity and perception. Equations of Breath also deals poignantly with the experience of dementia and the complex relationships between parents and children. This book is imagistic and linguistically playful, powerfully foregrounding the importance of the imagination.’
Paul Hetherington

‘Lucy Alexander’s fourth collection conjures landscapes where the line between internal and external worlds blurs. What strikes in these intimate poems is breath. Here it is tight. There it is released with relief, longing or grief. Here the ‘blue and yellow of time’ bleed into each other along phylogenetic lines. There ‘is no time in the present’ and ‘love is a measure of distance.’ Vulnerable and defying Equations of Breath beckons for its craft and care.’
Dominique Hecq

‘”A missed thing can be found but still lost”: just one gnomic, aphoristic line in this new collection by Lucy Alexander, but one that gets to the heart of this intricate book. The poems here speak plainly, in order to clarify our visions of the everyday impossible, building the figurative bridges which stretch from here to locations we can never fully occupy, whether that is the house or tree scanned into a digital map, or an elegantly terrifying celestial phenomena wheeling away in deep space. “There may be a bus coming, or a spaceship taking off into the eternal”: in fact, as these poems of heightened perception and prodigious performativity demonstrate on page after page, there are both, simultaneous and sempiternal in their constant surprise. This is a book – and it very much is a book, with all its weight and precisely moving parts of paper and articulated ink – which rings with the sound of missed things and found things, the sound of blue and of owls, and the sound of lost things that have been here all along.
Oz Hardwick

‘Lucy Alexander’s latest collection offers musical poems that subtly explore structure and form while drawing us into vivid moments of remembrance. The poems encompass a rich array of allusions, from the songs of Big Mama Thornton to the poignancy of parental loss. Some poems honour others, such as Kate Bush, Jaya Savige, Rowan Ricardo Philips and Giovanni Andreoni. The colour blue is threaded through the work, in images of sea, skin, ink and sand. Above all, in Equations of Breath, Alexander gently seeks to bridge distances, to connect with the ‘sweet others’ of memory and imagination.’
Stephanie Green

‘ I got prickly tears reading many of these poems’
Jen Webb

‘In Equations of Breath we travel in grateful astonishment from mitochondria to constellations. In this fourth collection, Lucy Alexander, explores how past and present collide in memory. ‘Equations of Breath’ also contemplates the corporeal, and explores myth and science, story and song and time, with grace and surety. Her imagery and storytelling makes us catch our breath.’
Sarah St Vincent Welch