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on 17 September 2009
The works of Selima Hill - collected here in this hefty volume - include poetry so original and delicately woven, that even on being read the third, fourth, thousandth time, still manage to affect me. Despite heavy themes such as mental illness, shakey family relationships, loss of personal identity and death, Hill retains a lightness to her works, often infusing them with humour. The strange juxstaposioning of images her style is known for serve to defamiliarise you from these subjects - previously pawed over in so many films and trashy magazines - so you come to them with new eyes, capable of a new empathy and understanding far from the voyeristic gawping much of our media panders to.
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on 17 April 2012
These poems are arresting and refreshing. I don't look for transparency with them, but try to stay alert for the extraaordinary images and the often darkly comic scenarios and vignettes. Selima Hill is a one-off. A national treasure who is not likely to be poet laureate any time soon.
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