“Spectral” by Fay Roberts is a book intended to be read in a number of different ways:
1. From beginning to end, moving through the blended spectrum of colour-coded moods laid out in order (Passion, Anger, Joy, Nature/ The Sea, Melancholy, Philosophy/ Mystic, and Whimsy); or
2. As a mood-picker – either finding something to match your feelings from one of the seven main sections, or using something to change your mood to where you would like it to be.
Spectral is a book designed to reflect elements from across various spectra - written by a queer, neurodivergent poet whose synaesthesia has them feeling sounds and seeing textures. Published by Burning Eye Books as part of their Tenth Anniversary series, this first full poetry collection of Fay Roberts is enhanced by links to extra materials for each piece and each section, artwork by the author, and an audiobook, released separately.
Described as “deliciously visceral” by Edalia Day, “A social touchstone and personal emotional-checkpoint” by Rikki Livermore, “a spellbook for summoning, vindicating and exorcising feelings” by Robin Lamboll, “hold[ing] space for queer rage, disabled trauma, deep friendship, and everything in between” by Kathryn O'Driscoll, and “a promise, and a standard, a flag in the ground, and beacon of hope” by Rick Dove, this book aims to take you on a journey, or let you find a quiet space for yourself. (Or both, of course.)
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