Bookseller Information

ISBN
9781784632762
Extent
80pp
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
15-Oct-22
Publication Status
Active
Series
Salt Modern Poets
Subject
Poetry
Trim Size
198 x 129mm

Sing Me Down from the Dark

Synopsis

Sing Me Down From the Dark explores the highs and lows of a ten-year sojourn in Japan, two international marriages, a homecoming, and the struggles of cross-cultural relationships. It is full of light and dark, as if the writer herself has been ‘caught off guard’ in the making of these poems.’

Praise for this Book

‘With a focus on her formative years in Japan, Corrin-Tachibana explores expectations on women in different cultures, in marriage, and motherhood. Love in all its unidealized difficulty is explored with humour and grittiness and is by turns spirited, suffocating, salty, sweary, sexy. Balancing belonging and the need to escape, Corrin-Tachibana questions where we can settle, and what we might settle for. Her poetic forms reflect this restlessly on the page – shifting, separating, compacting, conversing – as they risk trying to find and make a home.’ —Heidi Williamson

‘Charting a cross-cultural relationship through courtship, wedding and a marriage’s slow disintegration, this collection carries us across continents and years through love, disappointment and anger towards a new beginning. Vulnerable, direct and formally exact, these are generous, courageous and devastating poems that will draw you in, hold you close and leave you feeling wrung out but triumphant.’ —Jacqueline Saphra

‘In this compelling debut collection, Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana attempts to locate a common language between her native England and her adopted home of Japan. These poems are not merely travelogs, but deep dives into an unfamiliar culture where she is welcomed by her Japanese husband and in-laws, but also made conscious of her status as a Gaijin, a ‘red stranger’. Being an outsider allows the freedom of curiosity, and her vivid eye for detail and good humour make her an outstanding guide. This tone is maintained throughout the book – you could apply the term ‘confessional’, but to use a word that appears more than once, the poems are ‘honest’ and born from experience and consideration. Corrin-Tachibana is a poet who writes ‘to get close’ to things, and through her examinations we find our revelations.’ —Tamar Yoseloff

Praise for Previous Work

‘Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana's poetry explores the nature of Japanese culture through sensual, well crafted, multilingual poems. Her beguiling poetry is thoroughly lived and utterly contemporary.’ —David Caddy, Tears in the Fence

‘‘Kotoshi mo Yoroshiku’, which I came across judging an anonymous poetry competition, is a formally innovative and exciting poem, which still maintains a sense of heart and intimacy.’ —Andrew McMillan

‘Many of Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana’s poems are informed by her experience of living in Japan for ten years, so she writes through the lens of a resident who is also an outsider. Her poems are not interested in the exotic postcard view of the country, but in the everyday, the ordinary, and how she places herself into these small rituals.’ —Tamar Yoseloff