Everything Begins with The Skin
Publication date: 1994
Published by: Occasional Press
Hardback 52 pp
" … poems of genuine power."
Alan Brownjohn, The Sunday Times
"This is a woman’s life and love. It is not hard to respond to the celebration of these rich interiors, the warmth and the grief."
London Poetry Newsletter
"A painter’s eye for detail."
“Hubbard juxtaposes friends and relatives with legendary and artistic figures in a well crafted collection that, taking an approach less common in British Poetry than America, mines the unique riches of everyday experience.”.
Publishers Weekly (USA)
"Full of lush, sensual detail … bleakly moving."
The New Statesman
In her first full-length collection, this London poet informs her poems with a painter's vision, sketching intense portraits of domesticity. When her daughter begins menstruating, she refuses to echo her own mother's whispered "The Curse," and urges the girl to "Feel your roots, deep/ and damp as rusty beets smelling of earth." Going beyond the visual, these unflinching poems take into account all the senses as they mark one woman's journey from childhood through motherhood, from love through, as one poem is titled, "Betrayal." Focusing mainly on women, Hubbard juxtaposes friends and relatives with legendary and artistic figures in a well-crafted collection that, taking an approach less common in British poetry than American, mines the unique riches of everyday experience.
"Haunting, sensuous and at times disturbingly sharp in their revealed intimacies; her eye – and her touch – are vividly alive to the pleasure of surface, as well as to dark depths of anger and melancholy."
"She reminds me of Gwen John in her stillness and love of the ‘actually loved and known…giving generously of life and warmth and technical mastery."
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