Charlotte Brontë’s Corset
Published: January 20, 2010
Publisher: Brontë Society
Katrina Naomi’s latest pamphlet Charlotte Brontë’s Corset follows her writer’s residency at the Brontë Parsonage Museum (from 2009-10) and is published by the Brontë Society.
“Charlotte Brontë’s Corset is not just about the Brontës, or even the museum. In this creative setting, Katrina Naomi has been able to map out her own creative force.”
Anne’s Last Letter
(dated 5 April 1849 to Miss [Ellen] Nussey)
Such clear handwriting, as though etched
with a fine Berol in brown ink. To save paper
she wrote across the page, turned it 90 degrees.
I hold Anne’s letter (last valued at £180,000)
in its folder of thick plastic. I daren’t touch
the original for fear I’d start to cough, my lungs
in revolt. I have no horror of death she writes,
God’s will be done. I have no religion and want
to live. Though Anne is my favourite, I won’t bring
her letter to my face, lick this pricey envelope.
Jenna Holmes, Contemporary Arts Officer on Bronte Parsonage Museum wrote:
on Brontë Blog, Barcelona:
This subtle, evocative collection bears endless readings.
Barbara Trapido, novelist:
These poems are so good.