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Poetry Thoughts: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (Wendy Cope)

Cope, Wendy - Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis


Title: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis
Author: Wendy Cope
Genre: Poetry   Pages: 69
First published: 1986
Edition: Paperback, published by Faber and Faber in 1986

Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis

It was a dream I had last week
And some sort of record seemed vital
I know it wouldn’t be much of a poem
But I love the  title

I don’t read poetry that often, but this was a fun one. The poems are mostly modern in feel, some written from the poet’s point-of-view, others from a man’s perspective. There are poems of observation, some love poems, even some haiku and some seem to simply exist because it sounds pretty. I am perfectly fine with all of those.

The rhytms worked well and a lot of these sound great read out loud.

As a collection of poems I enjoyed most of these and they did not feel too simple or too high-brow. In fact, there was a good sense of humour throughout.

If you like poetry, I highly recommend this one.

5 out of 7 stars

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Book Thoughts: Nocturnal (Wilder Poetry)

Wilder Poetry - Nocturnal


Title: Nocturnal
Author: Wilder Poetry
Genre: Poetry
To be published: 7 May 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Edition: E-book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

A collection of words and imagery inspired by darkened skies and sleepless nights. it is a journey of healing and self-discovery whether love stays or leaves. it is dreaming with your eyes wide open while the rest of the world is hiding.

I love the word ‘nocturnal’. I have no idea why, but I do, and that is why I chose to review this poetry collection. That and my desire to read more poetry. It was the title and front cover that caught my eye.

Let me start by saying that the artwork is stunning and I absolutely love it. It is worth purchasing a copy of this collection for that alone.

I have mixed feelings about the poetry itself. Some of the poems were really close to my heart and others were just a bit meh. There were too many poems of only a few short sentences in my honest opinion. I preferred the slightly longer ones.

The short sharp ones can work, but too many of them and I feel the collection loses its power. I felt this one suffered a bit from that.

Having said that, as a whole I did enjoy the poems, especially in conjunction with the artwork. Were these poems eye opening and absolutely brilliant? No, but they did express emotion quite well and sometimes that is all you need.

4 out of 7 stars

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Children’s Book Thoughts: The Truth Pixie (Matt Haig)

haig, matt - the truth pixie (children's)


Title: The Truth Pixie
Author:  Matt Haig   Illustrator: Chris Mould
Genre: Children’s Fiction / Poetry Pages: 119
First published: 2018
Edition: Hardcover, published by Canongate Books Ltd in 2018

Wherever she is, whatever the day, She only has one kind of thing to say.
Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo, The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true.

Having read my first adult book by Matt Haig in 2018, I was keen to try some of his children’s fiction on my six-year-old daughter, so I bought her The Truth Pixie.

I read it with her and we both really enjoyed it. She liked the illustrations by Chris Mould and the story of the Truth Pixie. True to a six-year-old’s nature, her favourite bit was the mouse poo in her hair!

As an adult, I appreciated the rhyming and the powerful message that is at its core. For me, like Julia Donaldson’s books, this one was a joy to read, because of the rhythm of the words. It is the kind of story that I would be happy to read to my child again and again, but that I can also see her reading herself (she was reading along with me).

A big thumbs up from me!

6 out of 7 stars

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Poetry Thoughts: Wild Flowers (Michelle S Smith)

smith, michelle s - wild flowers


Title: Wild Flowers
Author: Michelle S Smith
Genre: Poetry    Pages: 124
First published: 2018
Edition: e-book, provided by author

This collection of Poetry and Prose is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth. Michelle celebrates her triumph over mental illness and promotes resilience and self-love in her readers. 

I always forget how much I love poetry and this collection reminded me.

This collection feels very real and raw. It is not flowery or overdone. These are simply poems from the heart, from that emotional place that we all have inside of us. These are poems that will speak to a lot of people, because a lot of us will recognise the feelings the author expresses. I certainly did. As the author writes her way through anguish, memories of love, depression and healing and then finding self love again, I felt those emotions through her words, There is also some LGBTQ+ representation here, which is a bonus.

I can only imagine how cathartic it must have been to commit these thoughts to paper. I like the overarching narrative of this collection and how it ends on  a positive hopeful note.

6 out of 7 stars