The Turns of The Foundling Wheel

11 07 2013


In a recent review, Laurie Clements Lambeth notes the significant role of the turn in Blas Falconer’s The Foundling Wheel.  She states:

“The Foundling Wheel takes its title from a ninth century rotating platform installed in a hospital wall by order of the pope after too many drowned babies had turned up in fishing nets. A mother could instead deposit her unwanted infant on the platform, and the wheel would rotate into the hospital. Much of the book itself is generated by rotation—turns, juxtapositions within poems and also turns of perspective, fused with comprehensive, multivalent insights.”

It’s a terrific review, and clear signpost for anyone interested in reading more excellent, risky, leaping and turning poetry–read it, and then check out The Foundling Wheel.