Brave Faces & Other Smiles

Verve Poetry Press, 12th November 2020, £9.99 (pre-order below)

‘…I told you / I really like your smile. / And to my surprise / you gave it to me.’


This astonishing debut by Beth Calverley takes the umbrella theme of the smile and shares it out – with great generosity and care – among a multiplicity of subjects, moods and meanings. Smiles can be brave, shy, sad, or a lighthouse beam of joy. They can be a mess of countless other things.


This subject seems so appropriate for a poet whose presence, way of reaching out to every member of her audience, and most of all her smile, create smiles all around her. Her leaps of imagination take the breath away. Her recurring imagery draws a safety-net of light around her listeners and readers.


The smiles that inspired these poems are drawn from real life, with some of the smiles contributed by people whom Beth has met on her adventures with The Poetry Machine.


These poems are worthy of your great attention. We dare you not to smile as you read.

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