An outstanding collection of 53 poems by a writer with a distinct, compelling voice.
This collection of poems explores ways the living and the dead meet – for lunch , in an artwork, on an allotment plot, in the city. We meet poets, artists and others engaged in the struggles and contradictions of their own times, and encounter challenges from our own.
The title of this book might suggest that is a collection of Gothic ghost stories but sorry to disappoint! It is a collection of 53 poems split into four coherent sections. The first section is a series of reflections on life in and around an allotment, including the local wildlife and the hard work involved in nurturing the soil and tending to the plants. The second section is full of thought-provoking imagery about the passage of time and how everything continues to change throughout the constant cycle of life, death and rebirth. Throughout the rest of the book, the poet continues to throw up the idea that the living and the dead are more closely connected than we realise. It is a beautifully crafted collection that explores the complicated dynamics of friendship and loss in an honest and sometimes humorous way. I highly recommend it!