Richly imagined and evocative, I’d Write the Sea like a Parlour Game explores the diversity and resilience that inhabit life at the margins, from tuckamore trails to the streets of a coastal city, with intimacy and often wry humour. This debut collection heralds an imaginative new voice, steeped in curiosity, and takes a fresh look at ageless poetic terrains.
“I read this beautiful collection of poetry while sitting in the dramatic and diverse landscape that Alison Dyer writes so well. This evocative collection of poetry takes us beyond the tourism ads for Newfoundland and illuminates the details of leaf, rock, and chicken coup. This is Newfoundland ungentrified. Dyer gives us the place and the people with sharp imagery and a wry sense of humour.”
– Susie Taylor
” I have recently discovered a delightful book of poetry written by Alison Dyer who lives in Newfoundland. While many might think that Newfoundland is a fog bound fishing place, Alison’s poems reveal a much more varied and warmer place, where children explore the rocky shores and the dark forests beyond, where storms gallop across the sky and moose live in bottles! Suddenly it’s a magical place which these poems bring to life. Read them and be enchanted. You won’t be sorry you did!”
“The eagerly anticipated first collection by poet and naturalist Alison Dyer is an exquisite book of exquisite poems in a wide range of forms. In her poems, humans are, as they should be, as much part of nature as flora and fauna. She has the training, education and experience to know what she is looking at and the poet’s heart to express it. In this, Dyer’s first book, she bids fair to becoming one of Newfoundland’s major poets”
-Goodreads – David Benson
“I purchased Alison Dyer’s book of poems almost a month ago and have been slowly devouring it poem, by poem. What a delight! If you have been to Newfoundland then the delight is doubled, but if not, then you will be wanting to head that way soon. Alison’s images and language about life on the rock are full of warmth and laughter, sweetness and sorrow, sunshine and fog. It’s truly a book to savour. Get a copy. You will see what I mean. Then go to Newfoundland…”
-Amazon – Michael Bradley