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Dark Horse

by Michèle Betty

The poems in Dark Horse are disruptive, even disturbing. The collection engages with taboos and myths surrounding self-harm, consequent journeys to unfamiliar, sometimes foreign spaces, and aspects of spiritual awareness and loss. Dark Horse offers a powerful distillation of experience and imagination that will be essential reading for any person who knows someone who has taken their own life.

ISBN 9781990983283 | 96 pages | 210 x 140mm | 2022 | Dryad Press, South Africa | Paperback


eBook ISBN: 9781990983290


"Dark Horse is the best collection of poems I have read in years. One brilliant poem follows another. I finished it in one sitting and then started at the beginning again."


"In her compelling second volume of poetry, Michèle Betty navigates the dark corners of the soul. In three sections - Verso, Inversus and Verbatim - the scars of loss are described with finely tuned perception. Substantial spiritual awareness is packed into these well-crafted poems. The reader is made aware of a symmetry between grief and acceptance as the poet uncodes foreign landscapes and the inner landscape of the self."




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