" With a brevity and impact which call to mind Emily Dickinson, these poems startle us not only with the freshness and originality of their imagery but with the astuteness and the honesty of their perceptions. .”
"This is a collection that everyone should read for it demystifies mental health, getting us to see sufferers as individuals. It looks at their symptoms square in the face and offers an insight into the courage needed to simply get through the day.... "
Fiona Sinclair, The Lake.
Full review: http://www.thelakepoetry.co.uk/reviews/jan19/
From 'Messages Written on Envelope Backs' (2018)
The wind, tired of
gale-force seriousness and disruption,
uprooting trees and houses
blowing across the land making
decided to have some fun.
Saw the little boy with the balloon
and saw him drop it.
Fell in love with it, its taut ruby skin,
and whisked it away
on a gust of euphoria,
on an expedition of its own,
out of reach of the kindly man who
tried to retrieve it, running breathless.
Then tired of the sport, turned tack and
blew the balloon full circle and back,into
the arms of the waiting child.
Carla Scanaro reviews "Messages Written on Envelope Backs" in "Write Out Loud" (www.writeoutloud.org)
'Messages Written on Envelope Backs' opens with a fascinating series of pen portraits of the overlooked people the poet has met. They all have a dreamy unexpected side that strongly delineates their personality and makes them significant:
She smelt of sweat, a faint urine and lilies,
wore old clothes
with wild winged eyebrows and knotty hair.
In “Messages Written on Envelope Backs”...there is a ruthless ‘reality’ to acknowledge beneath a surreal or dreamy view ‘where dry stone walls/cut into land and section it’ (‘View’). Nevertheless, the poet keeps on ‘hoping you will come and track me down’ ('Lost Love’) in an innocent and human desire to fulfil all expectations and wishes.