POETRY REVIEW: DREAMING FRANKENSTEIN & COLLECTED POEMS 1967-1984 BY LIZ LOCHHEAD

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Dreaming Frankenstein & Collected Poems 1967-1984 by Liz Lochhead
Birlinn (ebook), 2011
212 Pages

Scottish Poetry Library Poet Page

Amazon (UK)

I borrowed this ebook from my library and read it on my Kobo.

EXTRACT
What the Pool Said, on Midsummer’s day
I’ve led you by my garrulous banks, babbling
on and on till – drunk on air
and sure it’s only water talking –
you come at last to my silence…

REVIEW
This collection contains the all of Liz Lochhead’s poems published between 1967 and 1984. The collection includes poems from four collections: Dreaming Frankenstein, The Grimm Sister, Islands and Memo for spring. The poems explore the themes of attraction, pain, acceptance, loss, triumphs and deceptions.

I’ve been a fan of Liz Lochhead for years. I’ve read bits of Dreaming Frankenstein in various anthologies. I’ve never read a whole collection though. I just had to borrow this from the library when I saw they had an ebook.

The poems in Dreaming Frankenstein & Collected Poems 1967-1984 are much more suited to my tastes. The poems in this collection are great and nary a rhyme in sight. I enjoyed the poems from the collections Dreaming Frankenstein and The Grim Sisters the best. Every poem from Dreaming Frankenstein (isn’t that a delicious title?) took my breath away especially Dreaming Frankenstein, What the Creature Said and Smirnoff for Karloff. I loved how Lochhead twisted fairy tales and fantasy in The Grim Sisters. I loved every poem. The poems from the other collections were very good but didn’t appeal as much as Dreaming Frankenstein and The Grim Sisters. The poems from Islands and Memo for Spring were more grounded in reality and I’ve always had a penchant for the fantastical and weird.

RATING

5 STAR RATING

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