A marvellous, thoroughly enjoyable book. The poems are all short, with the exception of the first, 'Dragon Talk' itself. Some are playful ; many have surprising or entertaining little twists at the end. The last group ('Next') include poems which are personal and autobiographical and two of these('That Butterfly', in memory of her mother, and 'Outside the Crematorium') are very moving. But all of these poems are the work of a master writer who knows exactly what she is doing. Highly recommended.
on 4 October 2011
Well, I'm a Friend of Fleur too, so I feel I have to throw in my counterweight, particularly as Waterbaby admits both to loving her earlier work and that reviews are inevitably subjective. Yes, these are child's-eye-view but they also reflect the aged's procession back into, mulling over and seeking sustenance from those formative years, and the often unstated interplay between the next-generation-but-one and one's own younger self. And I'm just so grateful for anything more from Fleur. Like Margaret Atwood she is fiercely intelligent but with a twinkle. See her read if (and while) you can