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Keri Finlayson's first collection Rooms finds its centre in the etymology of the words camera, a chamber and stanza, a resting place. Both are forms of enclosure, of inclusion and exclusion that forge definition and force choices over the stories we want to be told and the stories we want to see. Rooms develops two intertwining narratives. In the first, the poet remembers and reimagines her grandmother as a young woman, and the family stories that surrounded her. Exploring the notions of editing and stitching, patterns and limits, it describes her seduction during the making of a silent film in Cornwall in 1919. The second concerns the history of film from the depiction of multiple movement in early cave painting, through the invention of the camera obscura, to The Jazz Singer; the first "talkie." What is a history of technology and a story of seduction and violence, is also a collection of stanza about camera, rooms about rooms.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Shearsman Books Publication Date: 15/04/2009 ISBN-13: 9781848610347  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Keri Finlayson was born in Cornwall. She has since lived in Cambridge, where she read Theology, Norway, Suffolk, Belfast and Swansea. She has worked as a clotted-cream maker, a dairy worker, and as a teacher of adults and children. In 2005 she was the recipient of a Welsh Arts Council Academi Writer's Bursary and her poetry has appeared in magazines such as Poetry Wales and Poetry Cornwall. She is a specialist in children's early years literacy and language development and is the author of Poems for the Foundation Stage (Featherstone, 2008). She currently lives in South Wales with her partner and two children.

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