The Tempest Prognosticator
The Tempest Prognosticator is Isobel Dixon’s third collection of poems.
Also known as a Leech Barometer, a Tempest Prognosticator is a 19th century invention that uses leeches to predict storms. The leeches are kept in small bottles inside the machine. When they become agitated by an approaching storm they try to climb out of the bottles and trigger a small hammer which strikes a bell.
Like this strange, Victorian reference, Dixon practices a stylish, time-honoured kind of poetry. Well-crafted poems make you want to read them again and again. Added to the appeal of the collection are fascinating conversations with Eugène Marais, Adamastor and Nonqawuse.
Many of the poems have won prizes in international poetry competitions, establishing Dixon firmly as a poet here and in the UK.