At the moment, in the UK and elsewhere in the world, life is on hold, under siege by a novel plague. We are officially in lockdown, instructed to wash our hands, stay at home, wash our hands, remain two metres apart – oh, and wash our hands. And stop panic buying toilet rolls and pasta.
However, there is some light shining in the darkness of the Coronavirus tunnel – more specifically 4Word’s brilliant new pamphlet, House of Bread by Andie Lewenstein. This pamphlet is a gem, polished and sparkling; poems where there is always a promise – of transformation, or of hope, or gold, perhaps, or in streams that are ‘alive and telling.’ (Kay Syrad) House of Bread is serious poetry. Joy gleams through the dark of it. (Paul Matthews) House of Bread is the perfect tonic to lift anyone’s spirits.
Andie Lewenstein was born in London and spent nearly three years of her childhood in Germany, near Berlin. She went to ten different schools, including two years at a Rudolf Steiner school in Sussex. After working in a London homeless project and a drugs crisis centre, she studied English Literature at Goldsmith’s College. She returned to Sussex with her young family and lived for many years on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. She taught creative writing to adults in a variety of settings for adult education, at Emerson College in Forest Row and was co-director of the annual Poetry Otherwise conference. She now lives in Hove, near the sea.
As with all our pamphlets, House of Bread is available from 4Word or the poet directly for £5.99 each (plus p&p)