From the author of Velkom to Inklandt (a Sunday Times poetry book of the year and Observer poetry book of the month).
In 60 Lovers To Make And Do, Sophie Herxheimer imagines a litany of characters who make companions for themselves from everyday objects.
She tabled a lover from icing sugar,
a barometer and an obscure stringed instrument,
he was Pegasus-like, defying gravity.
They soared all over the cosmos
moaning and melting …
Each woman animates her creation with reflected desires and frustrations. Their absurd, often funny stories distill into familiar loves, which take flight, fail, or settle somewhere between a compromise and a perky arrangement.
Herxheimer’s glorious collages evoke both the seasons of a year and a lifetime — extraordinary objects of private devotion are prised from chandeliers and trees, skirting boards and biscuits.