A Lioness At My Heels

A Lioness at my Heels

Robin Winckel-Mellish

The hemispheric pull between Europe and Africa and the restlessness that results from inhabiting both worlds is reflected in A Lioness at my Heels.

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A Lioness at my Heels

Robin Winckel-Mellish reconciles the muted tones of her Europe with the riotous colour of Africa. The immediacy, vividness and dustiness of the harsh African sun is carefully offset by the softer quality of the Netherlands. All poems are mediated and considered in the light of a spiritual home.

Robin Winckel-Mellish

Robin Winckel-Mellish lives in the Netherlands and runs a poetry critique group in Amsterdam. Her work has been published in many international literary journals. Her first collection, A Lioness at my Heels, explores the restlessness of living in Europe and being African.

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There is something slightly unsettling about many of the poems in Winckel-Mellish’s first collection too. She often lulls you into expecting something lyrical, possibly a little sad but takes you suddenly on a different tack and into a harsh reality. The colours and vastness of South Africa are conveyed repeatedly in beautiful imagery.

The beauty of these poems lie as much in what is not said, as what is. Ultimately, every reader will find their own favourite poem in this diverse collection, which – much like the brilliant cover design – holds universal appeal while still being boldly South African.
Judy Croome

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