True Tales of the Countryside
By (author) Deborah Alma
Publication date:24 August 2018
PublisherThe Emma Press
Deborah Alma’s poems are gloriously pungent, teeming with colours, textures and smells. In True Tales of the Countryside, her debut pamphlet, Alma writes vividly about sex, love and ageing in rural Shropshire and Wales, and reflects on her experiences as a mixed-race, British-Asian woman. Eyeballs pop, fresh piss steams and women come – loudly – in poems which often startle with their honesty and intimacy.
‘The scent of Deborah Alma’s True Tales of the Countryside is female and feral. The bold illustration of a topless woman with a train of plumage – a rural bus riding across two of the feathers – conjures a mythical half-woman, half-beast negotiating new identities and new territories. Alma, as a British-Asian woman, understands hybird states; and what it is to be married and divorced.’ – Lisa Kelly, Magma