A huge thank you to everyone who made it to Robert Fraser’s book launch for Pascal’s Tears on Tuesday night at Bookseller Crow on the Hill!
I think I speak for everyone when I say it was a huge success, and we’re so grateful to the team at Bookseller Crow for helping us put the event on.
No one could fail to be moved by Robert and his son, Benjo’s, readings. One reading of a poem that Robert wrote for Catherine in particular really stayed with me, so I thought I’d share it here for anyone who couldn’t make it to the launch:
Take her up, you shimmering waves,
Instinct with scintillating light,
And with your froth of laughter
Smooth the sorrows from her sight.
Take her where the jokes abound
And insurrection smiles like wine,
Where salt conjugates with sound
And satire coaxes every sign.
Take her up, deep-breathing sands,
In your granular embrace,
Wrap her in sardonic folds,
And kiss her subtly mocking face.
Take her where the words catch fire,
And puns fly unimpaired by sense,
Where mirth cascades through all the spheres,
And sobriety takes no offence.
Take her, mild and caustic sea,
Rock her gently in your tides,
And at every sly return
Waft her softly back to me.
Robert’s beautiful memoir, Pascal’s Tears, is available for purchase now here. For more photos of the event, check out our Facebook page!