Richly imagined and evocative, I’d Write the Sea like a Parlour Game explores the diversity and resilience that inhabit life at the margins, from tuckamore trails to the streets of a coastal city, with intimacy and often wry humour. This debut collection heralds an imaginative new voice, steeped in curiosity, and takes a fresh look at ageless poetic terrains.
Alison Dyer's poetry and short stories are published in The Fiddlehead, Riddle Fence, Grain, 3 Elements Literary Review, The Newfoundland Quarterly, Rhythm Poetry Magazine, The Feathertale Review, The Nashwaak Review, Grimm Magazine, the Cuffer Anthology, WDRC's Phoenix Anthology and LCP’s forthcoming Tree Anthology. Her writings have twice won the NL Arts & Letters Awards, and her first published collection, I’d Write the Sea Like a Parlour Game, is a finalist for the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award. Dyer has an M.Sc. in physical geography, grew up in England and Quebec, and now lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
"The eagerly anticipated first collection by poet and naturalist Alison Dyer is an exquisite book of exquisite poems in a wide range of forms. In her poems, humans are, as they should be, as much part of nature as flora and fauna. She has the training, education and experience to know what she is looking at and the poet's heart to express it. In this, Dyer's first book, she bids fair to becoming one of Newfoundland's major poets"
— David Benson
"I purchased Alison Dyer's book of poems almost a month ago and have been slowly devouring it poem, by poem. What a delight! If you have been to Newfoundland then the delight is doubled, but if not, then you will be wanting to head that way soon. Alison's images and language about life on the rock are full of warmth and laughter, sweetness and sorrow, sunshine and fog. It's truly a book to savour. Get a copy. You will see what I mean. Then go to Newfoundland..."
— Michael Bradley
“I won this in a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway...thank you to the author & publisher! This is a little book of beautiful, evocative, and exquisite poems that I will read again and again. While reading, I could hear the surf, feel the wind, smell the seaweed, and witness the beauty and drama of nature as though I was there, transported by Alison Dyer's poetry. She is an artist using language as her paintbrush, and skillfully painting every scene with an emotional and sensory celebration. A wonderful collection of little masterpieces.”
" I have recently discovered a delightful book of poetry written by Alison Dyer who lives in Newfoundland. While many might think that Newfoundland is a fog bound fishing place, Alison's poems reveal a much more varied and warmer place, where children explore the rocky shores and the dark forests beyond, where storms gallop across the sky and moose live in bottles! Suddenly it's a magical place which these poems bring to life. Read them and be enchanted. You won't be sorry you did!"