Sarajevo Roses, Paperback Book


Sarajevo Roses is Rory Waterman's second collection of poems.

From the start we are in the company of a poet on the move .

On sleeper trains, in cars and on foot, Waterman takes us into Mediterranean Europe, to Palma's Bellver Castle, to Venice, to Kruje, to the Italian ghost-town Craco, and to St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, where `selfie-sticks dance before us at the altar'.

Sarajevo's `neatened muddle of terracotta and concrete' is twinned with the `church spires and rain-bright roofs' of the poet's former hometown, Lincoln. The Sarajevo rose of the book's title - a mortar crater filled with red resin, in remembrance - is less an overarching symbol here than one example of the past inscribed upon the present - culturally in our architecture, individually on our bodies - and of the instinct to preserve wounds as a mark of respect, or warning.

Surrounded by the war-shaped, memorial landscapes of Europe, the poet is faced by those smaller wars and memorials one carries within, marks left by lovers, friends, relations, and past selves.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781784104085

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