Poetry Review: The Time Traveller by Joyce Carol Oates

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THE TIME TRAVELLER BY JOYCE CAROL OATES
DUTTON BOOKS (PAPERBACK), 1989
131 PAGES

AUTHOR’S WEBSITE

AMAZON.UK

AMAZON.COM

WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT

Here are 70 poems representing the depth and intensity of Oates’ feelings, the intuitive understanding and heightened perception of life that have made her so extraordinary a writer.

EXTRACT

LOVES OF THE PARROTS

Giant parrots of Yucatan perching
Splendid in the sun! Bright green
Bright yellow, bright
Arterial red!

WHAT I THOUGHT

The Time Traveller is a fantastic collection of poems. I enjoy JCO’s poetry as much as her fiction, sometimes even more. Many of the poems in this collection are narrative. Each one is like a little vignette, exploring the ups and down, happiness and sadness of life. I enjoyed every poem in the collection and would have loved if it had been twice as long. When JCO gets it right – which she does in spades in The Time Traveller – I find it hard to stop reading and feel sad when I reach the end. Every poem in this collection is excellent but my favourites are Your Blood in a Little Puddle, On the Ground, The Mountain Lion, A Winter Suite, The House of Mystery and the title poem.

RATING

4 STAR RATING

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