These Days (Cape Poetry) Paperback – 8 Apr 2004
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"Bursting with tender, witty, punchy poems about the tender aftermath of a love affair." (Christina Patterson Independent)
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Entertaining? We've laid on this great and mouldering spread;
if the doorbell rings, both of us bolt for cover,
me stepping, in turn, through the rooms of your dirty mind,
blowing, with my usual verve, one bulb after the other.
Lightbulbs again. There's a heart-stopping sestina (Last night I dreamt that I was 26). I'm not sure Louis (presumably Armstrong) entirely earns his place in her 'writer's block' poem; I prefer her Dream Mentor ('don't write about anything you can point at'). Her reference to A Passage to India escaped me (OK - googled it) but she makes me want to read The Bell Jar
An enjoyable read, with pleasant wit and lyrical content flowing very well. A deep look into the life of a child, a student, a women, and now a writer.
In the poetry scene we will appreciate more of Leontia Flynn in the future, and can only hope it doesn't take too long.
For me, this collection is superior even to Whitbread winner 'Corpus' by Michael Symmons Roberts and, as a poet myself, I can only hope to write poems of such clarity and expertise in the future.