Silence Fell marks the American debut of an extraordinary poet from the remote north of England. The poems are set on a sheep farm in the northern mountains and tell the story -- in the form of a modern shepherd’s calendar -- of Josephine Dickinson’s marriage to a Cumbrian sheep farmer, a man more than twice her age, and their life together, until his death in 2004.
During a reading tour in England, Galway Kinnell was introduced to Josephine Dickinson’s work. Her poems made such an impression on him that he passed the books on to his publisher and wrote a foreword for her American debut.
About the Author
JOSEPHINE DICKINSON, author of Scarberry Hill and The Voice, was born in South London in 1957. She studied classics at Oxford and taught music for many years. She has lived in Alston, a small Cumbrian town high in the Pennines, for more than a decade. The summer 2005 issue of the British literary magazine Staple praised the best “Alt Generation” of British poets (a response to the Guardian’s “Next Gen” contest), and Dickinson was the first choice listed by both judges.