Following the success of Reflections, his first anthology of poems, Keith Parker has produced a second book called Sunsets. Illustrated by Banbury artist Gail Parsons, the new book continues to follow the theme of poetry written during bereavement after Keith’s wife Sue died at St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle in November 2019.
“I keep Sue’s love and memory alive through poetry and illustration” says Keith. “I’m not a natural poet by any stretch of the imagination, but I hope readers may find comfort and inspiration through difficult times.” He and Sue met in December 2000 and it was the beginning of a very close relationship, but bereavement came just before Covid-19 struck and Keith was left to face his darkest moments alone as lock down was enforced. “Writing the books of poetry has helped as I’ve reflected on our memories and the special moments we shared. Bereavement isn’t easy and is unique to everyone, but I hope readers can find words that will help them.”
For his first book Reflections, Keith turned to Orkney artist Britt Harcus. For Sunsets he’s worked with Gail Parsons, a former neighbour in Banbury Oxford. “I always kept in touch with Gail, Christmas cards and the like, and when I told her I was writing a second book she happened to say she’d just taken up painting. I sent her pictures of places and items I wanted to feature and I was delighted with the illustrations she sent back.”
Keith started work on the 35-page book with its 16 poems and 15 illustrations on the 8th of January this year and published it on the 12th of April. “People have emailed me to say how much my poetry has helped them and it’s these comments that make it all so worthwhile. Sales have been good and I feel the two books complement each other.”
Supporting Cornwall Hospice Care
Sales of Sunsets will benefit Cornwall Hospice Care, Cancer Research UK, The Cove at Treliske and Katherine House Hospice in Adderbury. The book is on sale for £4.99 and can been purchased along with Reflections, in Cornwall Hospice Care shops in Hayle, Penzance, Falmouth, Truro, Perranporth, Looe and Liskeard.