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Not Knowing Itself

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Not Knowing Itself

by Marita Over

64pp Paperback Perfect Bound
ISBN 978-1-904852-12-4
Published October 2006

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Marita Over's early life was spent in Ethiopia. She has worked previously as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Finland, a nurse and creative writing tutor. She has reviewed poetry for Ambit magazine. She now lives in West Cumbria where she is training as a counsellor. The recipient of a Gregory Award in 1992 she has since had her poetry widely published in magazines and anthologies including the Forward anthology 1999. Her first collection Other Lilies published in 1997 by Frogmore Press was described by John Lucas in Stand as showing 'a considerable and specifically poetic imagination at work'.

Marita Over combines the fantastical with observations of almost scientific precision. Her writing can be delightfully expansive and untrammelled, whilst the intricacy of the sonnet sequence shows how impressively she has made this form her own. Mood and behaviour, including the fractured world of Asperger’s Syndrome, are explored with remarkable freshness and subtlety. Not Knowing Itself is a real advance for this poet – a collection straight from ‘the glass rim of the mind’.

Moniza Alvi

The sonnets are highly readable, moving. The balance between thought and feeling is tender, delicate, well-managed.

Gerard Benson


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