Foraging by Joy Howard
Published by Inpress Books
Expected publication 23 February 2017
I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
Joy Howard has something to say about the environment, and grief, and time, and memory. Her combination of tender but acute observation and mordant wit is reminiscent of U.A. Fanthorpe.
Draco appears over the horizon, flashing her diamonds
the usual display
WHAT I THOUGHT
This is my first time reading the poet. I thought Foraging was okay. Some poems worked and worked really well and others just didn’t. I had a very similar experience when I read Grave of Light by Alice Notley which I finished yesterday. There is some great imagery, language and rich detail in some of the poems and others fall a little flat. There are a couple of poems about being a poet and writing poetry and these just left me cold. It’s not good or smart or original or anything to write poems about writing poems. I didn’t dislike this collection. I thought it was just okay, I’ve read much worse but a lot better.