‘it was boys like the Bantams - wee men named efter sma’ chickens,’ In Bantam is a sense of place – moors and Lochs, home, family – men in ours who fought in wars, language and individual battles. Love too, Diamond Colonsay is a beautiful poem. Bantam did not work for me as a whole, … Continue reading Book Review. Bantam by Jackie Kay.
it was always cold radiators, bruised fruit, a worry for the rent. I like the dedication ‘to inspiration, in all its forms’ Mike Watts creates poetry in Universal Credit (Wild Pressed Books) from relationships, being anchored to the present in a low paid job, and not having much, with metaphors of being a millionaire or … Continue reading Book Review. Universal Credit by Mike Watts.
Internet, passwords Writers and artists A boss named Glenda and the questions asked by small children are some of what you will find in Happiness FM by Mary Dickins (Burning Eye Books). Poetry on recognizable subjects, with a playful and witty tone. The poems are light hearted, still with plenty of grit to them. Eco-Crime … Continue reading Book Review. Happiness FM by Mary Dickins.
A Young Girl with a Dog and a Page Bartholomew Dandridge ca, 1725 oil on canvas perhaps because you and the dog have the same collar; perhaps, not for the first time, you know you are less important than the dog a darkness in the background, a dark and ghostly presence searing through history. In … Continue reading Book Review. A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson.
I traffic thoughts around regret, arrive at the edge of an answer. Sin is Due to Open in a Room Above Kitty’s by Morag Anderson (Fly on the Wall Press) is a slight volume of poetry, which produced a sense of mystery and intrigue, writing of secrets, and religion, intimacy, violence and the darker side … Continue reading Book Review. Sin is Due to Open in a Room Above Kitty’s by Morag Anderson.