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Released 30th September, 2023 // 84 pages // 978-1-915760-34-0 // RRP £9.99

 

Stick, Hook, and a Pile of Yarn is a collection of poems centred around a coming-of-age nomad-story that was conceived and weaved into place far from the speaker’s family and the world he has previously known.  Mervyn Seivwright shares his seasons of growth into adolescence navigating his new country and blended family from England to America in the 1980s, deftly presenting a tapestry of poems and scenes into a single narrative, and a rich journey.

 

PRAISE for Stick, Hook, and a Pile of Yarn:

In Stick, Hook, and a Pile of Yarn, Mervyn Seivwright takes readers on a profound journey through his first encounters with America, crafting a poetry collection that is both captivating and thought-provoking. Seivwright’s powerful verses vividly depict his experiences as a Black boy and man in the heart of the Midwest, offering a poignant exploration of identity, cultural assimilation, and the complexities of family dynamics. Seivwright skillfully intertwines his personal narrative with broader cultural references, from John Wayne westerns to Scarface movies. Seivwright references American icons like John Wayne and Scarface, highlighting the ongoing fascination the West has with violence and power. Seeing the West through the eyes of young Seivwright, punctuates just how complicated American culture is and how potentially violent it is, especially when seen through the eyes of a young child witnessing it for the first time. Seivwright’s introspective musings also delve into the struggles of growing up with a temperamental stepfather and the struggle it