A debut collection of poetry that presents magical, strange and unlikely events in a confident and persuasive way. These poems are lively and unexpected and Kate Wakeling shows a consistent sensitivity to the rhythm and power of language.
There is a terrific range of subject matter and form. Move from the witty wordplay in ‘Instruments of Use’ to the mysterious and poignant ‘My Ghost Sister’, a poem that truly makes you read between the lines. Fleshly pleasures are evoked in ‘Rich Pickings’. A Balinese creation myth is brought to life with humour in ‘The Serpent and the Turtle’. Rhyming couplets rule in ‘Rita the Pirate’ whereas the use of rhyme in ‘Dodo’ suggests a rap rhythm. In ‘Telescope’, a poem which could inspire imitation, the letter ‘O’ threads through the poem suggesting the shape of a spyglass.
Shortlisted for the CLiPPA (CLPE Poetry Award) 2017