Every page reveals elegant instruments of wordplay … It’s nigh on impossible to single out a poem that does not feel fully achieved. Here is dancer’s poetry, fleet of foot, lithe and immersed in the fine detail of the body … This is poetry possessed of lyrical freshness and originality. It’s lightheartedness is also laugh-out-loud funny at times … A highly accomplished first short collection that I read in a single sitting. – Vanessa Lampert, The Alchemy Spoon, issue 4 (Aug 2021)
Black Mascara (Waterproof) is lively, engaging and fun to read. Each poem creates a story and hints at depths below the surface – discrimination, fear, the isolation that keeping secrets brings – so re-reading is rewarded. It’s like a fun night being entertained by friends sharing a bottle (or more) of wine and waking up, not with a hangover, but a sober recognition that underneath the jokes some serious confessions were being made. – Emma Lee, London Grip (read full review here)
Rosalind Easton is a relatively new voice, but she is off the blocks like the proverbial rocket. A rocket with the booster of winning a Poetry Business competition, and deservedly so […]. This pamphlet is a tour de force — full of surprises, wonderful subject matter and stunning language. – Mat Riches, Sphinx (read full review here)
Rosalind Easton grew up in Salisbury and now lives in South East London, where she works as an English teacher. After a first degree at Exeter University, she trained as a dance teacher and spent several years teaching tap, modern and ballet before completing her PGCE at Bristol and MA at Goldsmiths. She has recently completed her PhD thesis on Sarah Waters. Black Mascara (Waterproof) is her first collection.