Praise for The Shape of a Tulip Bird
“Astonishing poems of love and loss against a backdrop of an ever-changing sea. This journey possesses a startling beauty of imagery.”
Amanda Oosthuizen. Poet & Editor Words for the Wild
“Christopher Hopkins takes writing about grief to a new level. From detailed observances to striking metaphors urged by the natural world, this is a journey through both the loss of a child and a coming to terms with it. Imbued with the lyricism of Seamus Heaney and the dark passion of Dylan Thomas , Hopkins’ poetry is both sensitive and illuminating, an exploration of what has previously been female territory, into an exquisite and painful awareness of what it means to be human.”
Maggie Harris is an award- winning Guyanese writer living in Kent.
“Hopkins’ signature lyrical style draws the reader into “The Shape of a Tulip Bird.” Within its pages he tells the story of a couple who has lost a baby to miscarriage and then loses each other in their grief. With simple yet stunning accessibility he takes us on their journey and leaves us hopeful even as we wipe tears away. For anyone who has lost a child, their family members, or mental health professionals who work with those who have, this is a must-read.”
Rachael Ikins, author of “Eating the Sun” and award winning “Just Two Girls.”
“This is a powerful collection, tackling the difficult subject of miscarriage and its griefs with sensitivity, grace and compelling imagery. “
Shirley Bell, Editor, impspired
“In the universe, the stars, a mustard seed or a rock pool, a kingfisher or magpie, the mystery and confusion of life are ever-present. In Hopkins’ work everything is prayer of a sort; this is poetry in love with words, colour, and the business of living.”
Katy Evan-Bush, Poet & Writer
“Hopkins’ courageous love poems to his miscarried child develop into exquisite reflections on how the heart knits love out of such brokenness.”
Rosie Johnston, Poet.
Review by Emma Lee