A Woman in Green
5 journalers for this copy...
I loved this book, a great collection of poems by a poet I had previously not known. I did intend to make a note of poems I particularly liked, and am sorry I have passed the book on before doing so.
Popped into chucklethescot's ABC bookbox for someone else to enjoy.
This book is going to the USA as part of the book and fridge magnet exchange. enjoy!
She scoops with her elbows & toes
a landscape of vague
mounds & gullies, pyramids
of wind-winnowed sand.
No indeterminate shape for him
spade into wet for a sharp-edged moat
his solid ramparts rising sheer
at the edge of the tide.
What happens next is
out of his hands
Mostly free verse; some of it seemed to me to have an effective loose rhythm and structure, but some had less rhythm, to the point of being unpoetic. There are a couple of forays into concrete poetry and prose poems. The subjects of the poems are mundane and personal; it is really hard to make memorable poetry from this combination of form and subject, especially when most of the poems are made from a description of realistic detail rather than metaphors. It certainly requires paying close attention to appreciate this kind of thing. One thing that Willcox does well is make use of contrasts and oppositions, often that between two people. I quoted the poem above because it's an example of this, and also (a rather rare thing in this collection) there's an effective match of sound and subject, with the descriptions of the two sandcastles having different sounds. Several of the poems are printed in two opposing columns.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
For the International Women's Day exchange.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Please do a journal entry-Thanks xx
Popped into a leaflet rack.
#5 Irish Release