At or Below Sea Level


Here are poems that are dark, tricksy and full of a strange music and menace. Sennitt Clough’s Fenland is sometimes synonymous with, sometimes haunted by, women betrayed, in a way that manages to be beautiful, disturbing and utterly absorbing. Dazzling poems that speak of loss of innocence and trust and the marks of pain.

Deborah Alma, The Emergency Poet



ISBN 978-1-9998196-8-2 •  72 pages

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With undercurrents of danger and loss, Sennitt Clough’s film noir world is one of scarecrows and lantern men, apple maggots and apocalyptic bread, peat-bogs and plough blades, a place of ill-thoughts, open wounds, girls washed up. Like the elaborate systems of water and drainage, these poems are beautifully engineered and show admirable technical flair and range. With a quiet violence, words are said but not always spoken. To read these poems is to step into the bulrushes and sedge, to slip into the breach, uncertain of the ground underfoot.

Paul Stephenson

The poems in Elisabeth Sennitt Clough’s second collection dissect physical and emotional landscapes with a captivating intensity. Murky, sensual, myth-like, this is work of rich darkness. Able to unsettle, alarm and intoxicate, these accomplished poems will stir you long after reading.

Rebecca Goss


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