There’s not a shred of sentiment or self-indulgence here: this is the real thing. Formally it is varied and rich, assured in its handling of music and image, and conclusively powerful in tone, range and subject matter. Andy Brown
A close and exacting collaborative investigation, Springlines reminds us of the value of art-as-inquiry, how paying attention to an object without pre-condition – ‘a perfectly useless concentration’ as Elizabeth Bishop put it – yields what we need to know about that object… This is a book that is serious in its intent and serene in… Continue reading Springlines
A beautifully realised group of poems based on the true story of a girl of fourteen who took a vow of solitary devotion. This was in 1329, but Clare Best’s theme of female aloneness is timeless and relevant…
A poetry of place, written out of local knowledge, with the insight of an outsider’s sensitized mind. The poems are atmospheric, earthy, imagistic, powerfully suggestive. Jeremy Hooker, poet and broadcaster
Breastless (Pighog 2011) is a pamphlet now out of print, although there are still a few copies available via Clare. An extended version of Breastless, with additional material, has now been published online here, as part of the Life Writing Projects website. Follow Clare’s blog for news.
From the back cover: Clare Best has been haunted all her life by dark family secrets. When she agrees to help her dying father record his memoir, she embarks on an urgent quest for the truth. Which version of their life will he tell? And how will she reclaim her own story from his?… Continue reading The Missing List