‘What a welcome second collection from Lesley Benzie. Fessen is a total delight. She melds her native N-east Scots with English in writing which is a keen observation of both the outside world and a close scrutiny of human behaviour and relationship. Her language is muscular, strong, yet tender.
She is interested in everything we know of life…walking on the high cliffs of Catterline remembering Joan Eardley, guillemots…perched on tiny ledges facin intae the scarp/like they hiv come tae worship/at the wailin waa…burnt umber plumage/like oiled velvet…and that final homage… a wee prayer for the coastline/that pressed itsel intae Joan’s hairt.’
(Sheila Templeton, Poet)