My thoughts on Digging Holes to Another Continent Isabelle Kenyon  ( @kenyon_isabelle )


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Isabelle is gifting a free ebook of her first poetry book This is not a Spectacle to those that do preorder Digging Holes to Another Continent & sends her a screenshot of the purchase confirmation before the end of April.

Here is a poem from This is not a Spectacle.

Preorder Digging Holes to Another Continent from the publisher Claire Songbirds


Isabelle Kenyon is a UK based poet and a graduate in Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance from the University of York.

Isabelle Kenyon is the author of poetry anthology, This is not a Spectacle and micro chapbook, The Trees Whispered, published by Origami Poetry Press. She is also the editor of MIND Poetry Anthology ‘Please Hear What I’m Not Saying’ and her latest release, Digging Holes To Another Continent, will be published by Clare Songbirds Publishing House, New York, this May.

She performs at spoken word events such as 1000 Monkeys, in Guildford, and has opened Coventry Cathedral’s Plum Line Festival. She is set to open the New Mills Arts Festival later this year.

Her poems have been published in literary magazines such as Scrittura, Eskimo Pie, Anti Heroin Chic, Literary Yard, and Bewildering Stories.

Anthologies and Competition credits: The Inkyneedles anthology, the Great British Write Off, the Wirral festival of Music, Speech and Drama, Poetry Rivals, and the Festival of Firsts. Third place in the Langwith Scott Award for Art and Drama and runner up in the Visit Newark Poetry Competition.


I like both poems that begin and finish this book. They have such a depth, and quality to them. So different in tone to the other poems in the book, which are playful. These are poems from New Zealand, small observations of Isabelle’s surroundings, from beaches to trees, and Christmas,

‘outside our Western culture, I watch

Chinese, Indian, Asian, and Maori

feast on barbecued meats

to Katy Perry blasted speakers

with no thoughts for baby Jesus,’

There is what feels to me a strong theme of family, and unity, to grandparents, to teenagers too old to be making sandcastles. I have to say poem Little Bird was a favourite, as it brought up memories of my brother and I cracking up at the strange strut that birds have while on a family holiday. My brother would make up voices for them, and I would be roaring with laughter.

My one criticism would be the repeat of a few of the words, bobbing being one. As you don’t have that same delight of reading the words in a poem on the second occasion for a first time. Isabelle does a marvellous job of writing the poems, with certain subjects – road trips, beaches, etc. occurring again and again. She finds a new way of describing the scene, and putting the reader in the picture.

Digging Holes to Another Continent is all too brief, but do journeys not all feel like that at the end?

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