Conduit is a book of pared-down poems, graphically tracking a young woman’s journey from the lonely spaces of childhood to the creative, powerful realm of womanhood. Restrained and earnest, these poems grapple with the experiences of being a daughter, a mother, and a lover.
In ‘Bellwood’ the poet details her struggle for clarity:
‘she scrawls in her notebook as a swimmer, fearful, under water/ might search the opacity for a handhold, the roughness of rock./ She writes tentatively, as one standing up, walking to shore/ might feel mud and soft lake moss beneath her feet, yielding’.
Sarah Frost’s is a new, but refreshingly mature poetic voice.
“These are poems of drowning and coming up again. Of surviving with lungs that breathe water and sunlight. These are poems of longing and loss. Of searching for a foothold in a world where all slides and changes. Sarah Frost is a clear, strong, exciting new voice in South African poetry. Read her.”
“Frost writes with a bright perspicacity threaded through growing awareness of the universal truths hidden in the smallest details of life.”
Janet van Eeden, Litnet
Conduit is essentially a highly sensual collection, where bodies explore and reject one another, where characters ghost each other’s bodies, or wander looking for a direction to theirs in… Although the collection is unified in its mood, individual poems, imbued with politics and sexual violence pull you up to the surface in unexpected ways. A powerful début collection.
Claire Trévien, Sabotage Reviews