A strong collection of poetry makes up Sheenagh Pugh's Selected Poems.
The collection of course includes the award-winning M.S.A. and Intercity Lullaby, both highly credible poems, alongside the personal favourites from the collection "Earth Studies" (for which one must understand the context!) for example my favourite line spoken from the narrative voice of her character Christie, the professor of Earth Studies; "If you really want to know what I think about heaven, the truth is I think I lived there." - another poem I would look out for is entitled "Quetzals only come once".
A previous reviewer refers to "Sometimes" as a poem of hope; I would quickly refute this as Pugh intended the poem to be one of sadness and bitterness and a wish for what will not usually be so..! Not that poetry is not open to interpretation, and indeed, much of hers is very much open to that interpretation of every individual and his or her experience, heritage and background.
Pugh deals primarily with the issues of climate change, the use of language, and also deals with issues such as the Holocaust and alienation. I recommend the book highly and certainly advise a poetry fan to purchase it.
For those who are thinking of buying this book or have enjoyed Pugh's poetry, I would quietly point a reader to Carol Ann Duffy, our Poet Laureates books, particularly The Other Country or her Selected Poem collection..!