I have grown two hearts
Excited to announce my second poetry pamphlet with Hedgehog Press.
Copies available from me direct at readings, or you can order by emailing me.
Standard Copies (signed/ Dedication optional): £7.99
Limited Edition Annotated Copies £15
All orders will cost £2 for postage (signed 1st class)
'Tender but dry-eyed, these are unflinching and beautifully crafted poems about parenthood.'
“My thoughts have taken my blood and bones, spun them into life,” writes Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe in this, her second book of poems. And what poems they are, celebrating parenthood and children in all their forms: struggled for in IVF clinics, nursed through their wakefulness, lost. Zoë captures so many moments “freeze dried” from her own and othersʼ children, beginning in “that soft space, the hollow house, dreaming itself full” and sometimes ending sadly, leaving the bereft “striding outwards”. The book ends with the parent parented as Zoë celebrates her own father and the gradual shift we take in exchanging our roles. Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe is a poet to be reckoned with, blending rich language with the familiar, and this book is a must for anyone who loves poetry and family.
Editor, “Love is the Way Bark Grows”
Review by Nigel Kent
A Poetry Book Which Delivers Everything and More! bought this book after attending a poetry launch event at which Zoe Howarth-Lowe was reading. I didn’t know a great deal about her work up until that point, but my goodness I do now. I thought at the time “If the written word is as good as the poet’s delivery I absolutely have to buy this” – so I did! I am so glad:) Very obviously the mainstay of the poetry is motherhood, parenthood and family, and that is more than sufficient to entice book lovers and poetry lovers to buy this in droves, but the book has a much wider compass and you’ll find yourself drawn into some absolutely magical poetry and stuck in there, so enthralled that you just don’t want to come out! There is an old saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but you should with this one. The art work is beautiful and the quality of the poetry inside absolutely matches it. Heed my words, if after reading this review you don’t buy this book you are doing yourself a serious disservice.
Brian McManus Oct 22 2020
An evocative collection that stirs up memories of fertility and young motherhood like minding a thick soup on the stove.
Donna McLuskie Nov 8 2020