The inspiration for this short collection is one man and one country.
Written through the eyes of a young English woman travelling to India for the first time in 1967, these are unashamedly intimate memories, helped by diaries and letters inviting the reader into the vibrancy, mystery and cruelty of a country where waking up each morning is an epiphany.
“These poems are at once subtle and evocative, delicately poised between personal and universal in a way that only good poetry can be. You will dip in with the intention of reading just one and emerge some time later, carrying with you a bundle of resonant phrases and images.”
Poet Laureate for Lincolnshire
“We walk with Valerie into an unknown, wondrous place, where we are invited to stroke the skin of India, read it with our fingertips, hold it in the palm of our hands.”
Poetry Editor for The New Writer.
“Enigmatic and intoxicating, Valerie Morton's India is steeped in contrasts. In poems of displacement, discovery, apprehension and enchantment, she weaves memories of enduring love.
Mango Tree is a poignant tribute and a sensory delight”