Carol Ann Duffy’s prize-winning poetry collection takes the reader on a love journey through the seasons. Whilst Spring brings a new and all encompassing love, Winter heralds a broken heart.
As I mentioned in my recent monthly round-up, I haven’t really felt like writing full reviews for things recently, especially given how much I read last month. I don’t like to leave so many completely undocumented though, and I enjoyed doing the last set of mini-reviews, so here are four more short reviews for some of the books I’ve read recently.
Olivia Gatwood’s first full length collection looks at what it’s like to grow up as a girl and grow into a woman in world where so much violence is afflicted upon girls and women; a world where our popular culture feeds on their pain.
Richard S. Kennedy, E. E. Cummings’ official biographer, compiles a selection of over 100 of the poet’s works. Covering a range of topics, each subject is introduced by Kennedy with brief biographical contextualisation and some of Cummings’ original artworks.
This week I’m sharing my favourite poetry collections.
Nothing is Okay is Rachel Wiley’s second full-length poetry collection, in which she tackles issues such as race, queerness, fatness, and feminism. It is at once a celebration of the self and a critique of society, asking us to reconsider the ways in which we treat ourselves and others.
Carol Ann Duffy’s award-winning 2011 poetry collection, The Bees, was Duffy’s first publication as Poet Laureate. It explores a variety of topics and themes, all bound together by the subtle symbolism of the bee.
Olivia Gatwood is a poet and activist whose work both on the page and on stage empowers women to fight back. Her first anthology is an ode to teenage girlhood and growing up.