In the Taxidermist’s House by Marion Oxley

Amidst all the doom and gloom, post lockdowns, shortages of fuel and food, 4Word are able to sprinkle poetry, like sequins, in the form of Marion Oxley’s beautiful pamphlet In the Taxidermist’s House. Today we are proud to launch this impressive debut.

Marion Oxley was born in Manchester and spent her early years in Salford. She worked in a variety of paid and voluntary jobs including, the NHS, youth services, Manchester City Council’s Equal Opportunities Unit, Women’s Aid, drug and alcohol services and many others. She also has a BA(Hons) in Fine Art.

She came to poetry by chance, whilst learning to play the fiddle, inspired by the tradition of story-telling in folk ballads This led to a desire to experience a wider landscape of work, especially that which explored the interweaving of geography, archaeology, myth and folklore.

Marion’s poems have been published in magazines and anthologies, most recently The Blue Nib, The Fenland Journal, Artemis, The Alchemy Spoon, The Bangor Literary Journal, Geography is Irrelevant (Stairwell Press), Bloody Amazing (Beautiful Dragons/Yaffle). She’s had poems shortlisted or placed in competitions, most recently being a runner up in the Trim Poetry and Second Light Competitions.

She currently lives among the flood plains of the Calder Valley with her Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Alice.

Often drawing on the work of the taxidermist, Marion Oxley examines the relationship between birth, life and death…. Her skilful writing is original, intense, tactile and energetic…In the Taxidermist’s House is a remarkable debut. (Myra Schneider)

Marion Oxley in deft and sinuous language, deconstructs and reconstructs our relationship with nature and mortality. She reflects and pays homage to the work of other artists, and shares her very own particular vision, in poetry that is fiercely intelligent, celebratory and beautiful. A wonderful collection that had me breathless from the first poem (James Nash)

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