The Dream of Stairs: A Poem Cycle
used to be privately revealed as a posthumous memorial quantity in 1975, a 12 months after Susan Noble’s premature demise in 1974 on the age of 31.
Having introduced with in general light-hearted self-depreciation, ‘The muse has struck me!’, Susan wrote the poems in batches of part a dozen or extra, from 1965 onwards, in what she defined as manic bursts of creativity. yet those poems are something yet light-hearted, or even a primary interpreting will exhibit basically that levity isn't really at the menu in a universe ‘Where there are not any jokes / and folks don't pretend.’
Susan’s output within the final ten years of her lifestyles was once prolific, but if it got here to compiling the poems, after a great deal of deliberation, a transparent thematic constitution and underlying improvement looked as if it would dictate the ultimate order of that unique poignant assortment.
To mark the 40th anniversary of Susan’s dying, this moment version, released in hardback, paperback and Kindle, makes the e-book publicly on hand for the 1st time. there are many adjustments to the 1st version: a moderate reordering of the poems, minor amendments to the constitution of the poem cycle, a revised, more advantageous format, and indexes of titles and primary traces.
More considerably, the unique choice has been augmented by means of many extra poems, which basically healthy in the cycle thematically and structurally.
Five better half volumes also are being released: Inside the Stretch of My Heart and Before and After the Darkness are formerly unpublished collections of poems; Collected Poems, which includes all 3 poetry collections in a single complete quantity; A Flock of Blackbirds (selected novellas and brief stories); in addition to the radical, Drifting among Empty Tramlines.
Profits from the revenues of all six volumes are being donated to 3 charities: brain, the Samaritans and Sane. Facsimiles of the unique typescripts and manuscripts can be found on-line at:
About the author
Brought up in South London, Susan Noble was once the second one of 3 teenagers. Her youth was once enriched by way of being a part of our huge and closely-knit Jewish kinfolk. regrettably laid low with polio (then often called childish paralysis) in her early years, Susan went via existence with a level of actual handicap which she used to be to beat with braveness and determination.
Educated at Croydon highschool, Susan studied English at Somerville collage, Oxford. After graduating, Susan labored in London, first on the Royal nationwide Institute for the Blind, dictating books for transcription into Braille, and later on the nationwide relevant Library in London, the place she certified as a Chartered Librarian.
Susan’s unparalleled sensitivity used to be mirrored within the prolific outpouring of poems that make up Before and After the Darkness, Inside the Stretch of My Heart and The Dream of Stairs. In those extreme, haunting poems, she chronicles her own reaction to the realm round her, whereas vividly portraying the internal panorama of her psychological and emotional struggle.
‘There was once an highbrow and emotional depth which burned inside her and which predominantly came across outward expression in her writing and while she expressed herself therefore she did so with nice creative strength and in addition with an uncompromising honesty and integrity.’ (Rabbi Dr David Goldstein)