My chapbook Unnecessarily Emphatic is newly published by Red Ceilings Press.
You can buy it here.
“The dreams of those of us without a gift for narrative often show great narrative flair. Here, the sleeper is a linguistics textbook, the dream its payload of example sentences: words which were meant to be looked at but never into. Is this the story Language itself needed to tell, or a tale hidden in plain view by a linguist too shy to speak? We can never know if the troubled and self-questioning protagonists of “Unnecessarily Emphatic” are anything more than projections of our own troubled self-questioning. It’s all the more moving for that – it’s our story, a human document willed into being by sheer force of hope.” Peter Manson
“Kathrine Sowerby’s wee gem of a book is unclassifiable; cross genre; it’s a long poem that is a page turner, that reads like a thriller in which an unknown person or persons did it, or maybe didn’t. It’s contradictory poetry, factual, shape-shifting. It’s the very stuff of language and invention. A narrative in which the reader is constantly engaged; drawn from a linguistics textbook, it charts the permutations of relationships in a way which is compassionate and understanding of the vagaries of what it is to be human and act in the moment. A book to be read, savoured, enjoyed and re-read. It’s possible to be amused and startled and challenged on the same page: open it anywhere and begin, or read from start to finish: this is a truly original work from one of Scotland’s most self-possessed, mature and talented poets. Belied by the title, this is necessary reading and quietly insistent rather than emphatic.” Gerry Loose
“Language fails. We may talk, but does anyone hear, or understand, much less respond in the way we would like? Things change and decay and our words cannot explain or even record the changes properly. What is important to one person is unnoticed by another. We may observe, but we do not understand each other’s emotions. Connections do not last.”