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Callisto, Lisa’s fourth collection, is a series of interconnected sequences and her first book
to be written entirely in prose poetry.
Lisa Matthews is a poet, researcher and collaborative artist. She lives by the sea in north east England. Callisto was a neighbour in Benwell, the Newcastle suburb where Lisa was born and lived in until she was 20. The book wends its way from the 1970s to the present day and beyond, and takes its inspiration from the inner-city landscape. Inspirations include the photography of Tish Murtha, Sibyl Fawlty, handed-down family memories and the savage beauty of the north east coastline. All the poems in Callisto started life as prose maquettes and fragments and this collection marks a major shift in Lisa’s writing practice.
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