'Memory Forest’ finds Gaynor Kane preoccupied with the threshold between the living and the dead. It is a thematic collection which celebrates life, and the lives of the dead, in poems that vary in tone and form. Poems which delve into burial rites across the world and stories of last wishes inspired by people closer to home.
"From exploring our fragile temporality, to finding celebration, Memory Forest never strays too far from the ultimate certainty: death. Kane's stance is one of assurance, always believing that rebirth is possible, whether through a shift in perception, or the mining of memories. Direct and defiant, these poems mix grim pathos and good humour to find a mood beyond bereavement, where there may be suffering, yet it still feels good to be alive." – Colin Dardis, editor of FourXFour Journal & Pen Points Press, co-host of Purely Poetry and author of the x of y (Eyewear, 2018) & The Dogs of Humanity (Fly on the Wall Press, 2019)