High Wire Step is a collection of poems that engages deeply with political issues, from the impact of violence, opression and human arrogance to the power of empathy, collective consciousness, and humility. The varied voices in these poems are often playful and post-modern while keeping a fiercely scientific perspective, encompassing collective grief and responsibility, and drawing together the macro persective of the universe with the micro perspective of heartbreak. These are poems about the impact of greed, bigotry, social change, genetic inheritance, homelessness, disability and loss, but they are also poems with a slightly mystical slant, exploring transcendence and alternative forms of power and transformation From the technological singularity to crypto-currency, edible crickets to Trump Tower, High Wire Step moves organically between time and space, between an urban and a wild landscape and between despair and hopefulness.
“there are so many intersections and cross-references in these rich and magical poems as they explore personal grief and personal histories, and a vast consuming grief at what capitalism has done and is doing to this beautiful planet …and its inhabitant–all its inhabitants, human and critter, plant and bacteria — down to every inter-connecting intersecting level. In a sense this is a book about living in the Anthropocene, bringing together an experience of both sides of the planet — from New York to Newcastle — like a big circling hug that wants to embrace all of it, the pain and the beauty, the fragility and the extraordinary strength – every atom.” ~Beth Spencer
“Magdalena Ball’s most recent…poetry collection is what anyone would call acutely political, both boldly and at different times subtly. And such a collection, these days, has become a ‘sort of necessity’” ~ Jayant Kashyap, Humane