Notes on Water


Notes on Water is made up of two compelling and very moving poems, which speak to each other and to the heart of the reader. They are the work of a remarkable poet, writing in the darkest of times with urgency and grace.

Read a sample.

Published April 2022.

A version of the text was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in March 2022. Listen to the adaptation here.

What Writers and Critics Think

  • Notes On Water does not just delve into the opaque waters of grief (which it does so movingly) but all the ways that water runs through and punctuates our lives. Here are two extraordinary poems that explore water's complex journey through our lives, taking us back to the past and forward to the future, meeting the seven-year-old Amanda on a beach in Wales one minute and the recently bereaved woman the next. Haunting, elegiac, engrossing and ultimately energising, deeply affecting, and philosophical, Notes on Water will make you think about water in a million ways. The way water sings. The way it threatens and heals.

    Jackie Kay
  • 'Before I can say goodbye to the man who will leave in winter…' A beautiful, visceral exploration of grief. A river full of wreckage with nothing that will make a raft. Amanda Dalton’s Notes on Water takes us lyrically through the universal human experience of loss. Everything is sodden, cold, sunken. Homes are flooded, broken. The village is not a haven. Nothing is solid. Hotels fall into the sea, everything slips and changes, including time. This is the first piece of poetry that Amanda has written for a while, following the death of her partner in 2019. It moved me beyond words.

    Sue Roberts


Presented in tête-bêche style with black and white photographs.


Amanda Dalton’s poetry collections How To Disappear and Stray are published by Bloodaxe. A third full-length collection is on its way and in 2021 ARC published her experimental poem-a-day ‘sketchbook.’ She also writes for theatre and BBC Radio 4 and 3, original dramas and adaptations from writers including Tove Jansson and Jackie Kay. A version of Notes on Water was first broadcast in the series “Between The Ears’ on BBC Radio 3 in 2022.  Amanda’s website is at

Additional information

Dimensions 21 × 14.8 × 0.3 cm

eBook (ePub), Pamphlet


978-1-914914-16-4, 978-1-914914-17-1



Publication Year

April 2022