The Key to Clover and other essays

The Key to Clover and other essays

By Lawrence Sail

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ISBN: 978 1 907356 70 4

A first book of Lawrence Sail’s essays, Cross-Currents (Enitharmon Press, 2005) brought together forty-one of fifty essays written over a period of seven years for the journal Poetry Nation Review. The Key to Clover covers a wider range of subjects, such as the paintings of Paul Klee, anger, sport, clumsiness, as well as poetry and reviewing. Diverse as they are, with reference points ranging from Moliere to Beckett, Coleridge to Kafa, Giverny to Beirut, many of the essays have the same interests and concerns in common, among them education, the place of the arts, belief and commitment.

Lawrence Sail’s most recent collection of poems, Waking Dreams: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2010) was a Poetry Book society special commendation. In the same year he bought out a memoir of childhood, Sift (Impress Books), and Songs of the Darkness (Enitharmon), a selection of his Christmas poems, with illustrations by his daughter Erica Sail, and all royalties going to Trusts for African Schools. A former chairman of The Arvon Foundation, he was given a Cholmondeley Award in 2005, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.