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Wan-Hu’s Flying Chair explores the ‘furious stillness’ of love and art. From Chinese legends to scenes from artists’ studios, these poems open apertures on twilit worlds, where the ‘elastic collision of lovers’ burns, ears clang to the ‘torture of air’, and ‘winged creatures quiver on springs’. Here, the voices of old masters and artists’ wives, of holy men ‘huddled round three-legged dings’ and steam engineers dissolve into a curious chorus. In this collection, language seeks to break the ‘well of gravity’ as it ‘tidies the dark.’
‘Another impressive aspect of The Fossil Box is the extraordinary range of the poet’s vocabulary, which means that many poems cannot be fully appreciated until they are read aloud.’ —Owain Wilkins
‘There’s little doubt that Marggraf Turley has a perfect ear. Every word counts, imported for both sound and sense.’ —Kenneth Steven
‘Satisfyingly visceral and unsentimental.’ —Alice Kavounas
‘Immediately striking, the care for language, the feel for the sound and taste of words.’ —Niall Griffiths
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