Based on her time as poet-in-residence in the Peruvian Amazon, Isabel Galleymore’s new sequence Cyanic Pollens explores a site of pristine nature and the demands we make of it, whether aesthetic or extractive. Spider monkeys and moths are subjects of intimate study – so, too, are tourists and their rainforest guides. This is new territory for Isabel, and she navigates it with a playful, but questioning eye.
Isabel Galleymore’s debut collection Significant Other (Carcanet) was shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize in 2019 and won the John Pollard Foundation International Prize in 2020. In 2017 she received an Eric Gregory Award.
As if I were one of the many flowers
the long-tailed hermit traps and tongues,
I can't stop the air indulging in me.
At night, wings unbutton to hairy chests.
Poison choruses or stiffens.
I'm told the more I let myself be touched
the less I will be bitten
Dr Isabel Galleymore is Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Department of Film and Creative Writing. She is a poet and critic publishing on contemporary poetry, environmental writing and ecocriticism, with a focus on interdisciplinarity.