Captured by Poetry

26 Nov

Captured
By Julie Vanner
ISBN 9781500233815
Available to order from Amazon
julievannerpoetry.com

Essex poet Julie Vanner has not only overcome adversity to produce a poetry collection that has garnered plentiful praise, but has also disproven the assumption that a self-published book must be of inferior quality by producing one that is excellent both of content and of form (the latter being helped by the presence of the lovely illustrations by Renee Murray).

The collection opens with the titular Captured, about a pirate, which flows evocatively (“The sails of a ship billow softly, / to the mariners’ song on the wave; / by a westerly cove, near a lost treasure trove, / on a ship only sailed by the brave”) before moving on to touch on all sorts of topics. Amongst those she writes about are the horsemeat scandal (Mane Course in which she wonders “what’s next for casserole? / Sausages made not of swine, / But battered star-nosed mole?”), technology (The Machines Are Rising in which “All my machines have gone bizarre, / My PC’s pouring smoke; / I can’t drive for my brake failed car / and my dishwasher just broke.”), Facebook (in the aptly-named Facebook describing how “This Facebook lark’s addictive – I’m finding it quite fun, / My life is now restrictive and the housework’s not been done”) and nature (in poems such as Dragonfly in which we see “A summer pond stained soft rose-gold”).

I especially liked Dragonflies and Lullabies in which she asks “Do dreams drift like dragonflies, / as newborn lids close tight, / nestling down with lullabies / as you bid day goodnight?”, painting a wonderful image of a parent watching their sleeping child.

Julie Vanner writes wonderful rhyming poetry which manages to make their structure appear effortless. Captured ranks as one of the most enjoyable poetry collections I’ve read this year. Highly recommended.

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