Invocation Cover -
Invocation Cover -



At a time when life can often seem harsh and cynical, this book is an intelligent and uplifting celebration of love and connection; connection to family, to place, to other people and to the natural world. Family and home are central themes, and echoes from the past resonate into the present in these beautifully crafted poems. Blake also has a clear eyed compassion that extends into the world of politics and history in such poems as Lady Liberty and The Rabble Children. Emotionally moving and life affirming, Invocation is a treasure of a collection from a poet who knows and trusts her own unique voice and who understands the value of ‘Staying connected to each other/and bringing wonder to the wider world.’ (In Flight)

Author: Denise Blake

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Revival Press

The poems of Denise Blake are poems to sit with, to live with, and return to over time, for they reveal themselves more deeply with each visit.  In the gentle cadence of Donegal island voices or in the “realtor-speak” description of a childhood Cleveland home, layers of memory are exposed.  They spring from a wide, deep and very rich field, and are laid out with a subtle touch, exposing much that is universally recognisable, with the use of specific, and yet personal details.

If you have ever experienced loss, transition, those moments you thought you wouldn’t get past, but did; or if you have had moments of transcendence and joy, here you will find echoes and traces of those times.  The threads of history in the life of family are woven throughout, offering glimpses of generations past, and generations to come.

Denise Blake has an elegant and refined hand. Her poems are not all “pretty” poems, for some pack quite a punch, yet they are poems to “warm a hollowed soul”.  You will find yourself nodding and saying the holy Yes, over and over again. (Imelda Maguire)