Poetry Reviews – A Knock On The Door and An Only Girl

31 Jul

A Knock On The Door

By Christos Kallis

Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd, 2014, 37pp

www.austinmacauley.com

Available in paperback and on the Kindle from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

The debut poetry collection from Christos Kallis is a collection of twelve pieces infused with irony and a sense of the absurd. It opens with Columbus voyaging through a poem in search of some sort of meaning, or at least its ending in the seemingly silly yet inspired A Lonely Dot In A Sestina. The collection abounds with stunning imagery such as “A wall that you built so majestically high to prohibit angels ‘intruding’” in An Apple (a deceptively bland title for an evocative poem), “Inside a stage of desolation” in A Letter to Aeschylus, and “The light of the half-sliced moon fell upon us” in A Double Jesus On The Rocks. Even the one-line His Wolf Whistle has a surprisingly power.

For a debut collection, it is exceptionally good and well worth reading. Recommended.

 

An Only Girl

By Melissa Usher

Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd, 2014, 30pp

www.austinmacauley.com

Available in paperback and on the Kindle from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

 

The first poem in this collection by Melissa Usher, Me and Inspiration, utilises a simple but effective rhyme structure (“You may not believe it / But it is honest and true / That I get all my inspiration / Through things that I do”) and many of the others likewise use simple rhymes to good effect, producing enjoyable poems. In Holiday, ” A week away for a holiday starts with a flight / A first holiday abroad can give a child a fright / To pick a destination with the hottest sun / To spend the day on the beach and have the greatest of fun”, whilst in Complicated Sleeping, we are told “In the early hours of the day / The sun shines through the window pane / It shines in your eyes and wakes you / It’s enough to drive you insane” and in the title poem, An Only Girl, Melissa tells us “I am an only girl sat alone / I am searching for my house, my home / I have looked high and low for that tiny glow / To let me know what I call my home”.

An Only Girl is a fun and entertaining poetry collection. Recommended

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