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- Written by Gisele Turner
Evelyn Cresswell recently published her fourth collection of poems titled ‘Parabola’- this time under the Horus Publication label - and she was able to launch the collection at a well-attended soiree at St Clements before returning to her family in Canada, where she has relocated. Evelyn is a poetess who expresses her most profound thoughts and feelings with disarmingly sophisticated simplicity – and a great deal of love
Parabola is a reflective work that captures a fine and refined sense of the value of daily experiences as an expression of awareness. Like Annie Dillard, who contemplates nature and spirituality, Evelyn observes and absorbs daily occurrences like the sun rising or setting with gratitude and a childlike sense of wonder.
While she has a very sharp mind, well able to bite or fight in the arena of academic discourse, Evelyn is blessed with a fresh innocence and the capacity to create sensitive portrayals, tending to focus on the positive and uplifting. Her poems gently seek out the layers of meaning behind what she observes and her feelings are melded with skill and delicacy into those layers. They are, in effect, love poems, regardless of the subject matter.
Evelyn is a lady who describes herself as elderly, which may be true in years. But, she has a lean and upright frame, dresses with boyish charm in well chosen colours and textures and, while gently spoken, will argue the toss if it worth the while. Some of her poems reflect, without rancour or regret and quite objectively, on the joys of reaching a certain age and understanding herself. She also taps into a sense of destiny. This comes through in a number of her poems; an acute awareness that what is now can change in a moment.
Parabola contains sixty poems, most of them short, succinct and written with an exquisite feel for the perfect word. Desmond Tutu wrote of an earlier collection, ‘A Conspiracy of Stars’: “suddenly familiar words glimmer with new meanings and her word pictures open our eyes to fascinating new connections, new perspectives, new depths and we say ‘Ah, now we see.’ “ The skill in choosing the word which most exactly meets her requirements can be easily overlooked by casual reader; it is a skill which gives an effortlessness to her work, belying the experience and the hours required to hit those literary nails on their heads.
In Parabola Evelyn describes her longing for a loved one’s company, a fresh fall of snow, autumn light, a trip on a ferry or the experience of a summer holiday in France. She muses on growing old, relationships, nature and the joyful company of a devoted dog. Here too, you will find poems that extol the virtues of good friends and even a positive take on the country that she has lived in for so long.
Parabola is a good companion in itself. It is a quiet read by the fireside with a friend, or a pleasant solitary journey in the stillness of an evening. Its reflections are stimulating and uplifting, never fussy or mean spirited, but written with wisdom and a generous heart.