Susan Wicks's poetry transforms the apparently ordinary into something precise, surprising and revelatory. Kathleen Jamie described her as 'a poet of deceptive power, who can transmute everyday objects and events into poems with an understated numinous edge'. Pamela Robertson-Pearce filmed her reading a set of poems during a break from teaching an Arvon Foundation course at Totleigh Barton in Devon in November 2009. In this extract from that filming session, Susan Wicks reads eight poems: 'Ha Ha Bonk', 'Buying Fish', 'The Clever Daughter', 'Persephone', 'My Father's Handkerchiefs' and 'Night Toad' from NIGHT TOAD: NEW & SELECTED POEMS (2003), followed by two poems from her latest collection, HOUSE OF TONGUES (2011), 'Pistachios' and 'Cycling to See the Fish-ladder'. Susan Wicks's work is used in this film with the permission of her publishers, Bloodaxe Books. Pamela Robertson-Pearce has been filming poets reading their work for Bloodaxe's archive, website and DVD-books. Her first DVD-book, IN PERSON (edited by Neil Astley), was published by Bloodaxe in 2008, including films of 30 poets with an anthology containing all the poems read on the films. Pamela Robertson-Pearce's poetry videos are produced by Neil Astley.