Blood Child by Eleanor Rees, a Graph Review

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Blood Child

by Eleanor Rees

Liverpool University Press

978 178138180 9                         softback                       £9.99          published 2015

blood child coverA beautifully designed series, simple formula for the covers but rich in colour.  Slim with 45 pages in this volume.  Font size is smaller than some larger formatted collections which means the content in this ‘Pavilion Poetry’ series is at least the same, possibly more.  The downside of this is that I had to wear my glasses as print just that little bit smaller than I could cope without.  Additional upside is that this smaller format fits beautifully into a jacket pocket.  You might even manage two!
19 poems plus usual index and last page of notes and acknowledgements which usefully outlines their provenance.

This is Eleanor Rees’ third collection.

For me Blue Black is the most fascinating and memorable.  There is a continuing of the link with the ‘animal’ world and a flitting between and juxtapositioning of the living and the natural forces of nature, it’s beauty and rawness and the timelessness of history.  The initial images filter tension into and out of the poem and the progression of slipping into different focus seems to offer a degree of relief as the subject timeslips.  The rhythm of the language pushes you along and the story in all its potential levels makes itself clearer as the verse progresses.  In fact the more the story clarifies the greater the tension, which remains for some time after the closing of the final lines, of the book.

This is a short collection of 19 poems but the author and publishers should be applauded for having a collection that does not fit the poem a page routine.  Of course there are single page poems but many slide over to two, or eight or ten (Blue black) pages.  In this third collection we can read the substantial creativity of Eleanor Rees and her melding of history, nature and emotion and the skill in developing a ‘oneness’ from a multitude of ideas.  Foremost in her writing is the use of changing forms, transmogrifying, as it were into different species whilst in full flow which is offers both continuation and further development of style as well as theme.  There is also the touching on the darker recesses of the unconscious mind, not a digging, more a small bore-hole into Pandora’s Box.

Yes, I have to admit to a bias of ‘the memory of the land’ which I have interpreted into this last, and maybe other, poems.

Maybe a short collection warrants fewer titles to pick out, here goes, a live choice:

Obviously my main choice is. Blue Black
And in no particular order: Dusk Town,    Arne’s Progress    and    Seal Skin and the title poem,  Blood Child.   However, the whole collection is for re-reading.

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About poetryparc2

Here goes: I write a bit of poetry, sometimes about poetry and any sort of books I take a fancy to. I seem to have a preference for seeing the changes from the Victorian period through to the 1930's, maybe 50's. But, and a big but, could carry that right up to current poetry/performance poetry. Though sometimes my seeming preference for 'imagist' and Nature' might unnerve me for too much too modern. However, I do like to range widely over poetry, and fiction, any and all periods. I also like finding (if only for me) regional or partly forgotten poems and poets. Maybe all this is too eclectic to have a themed 'Blog' but so be it....... I also attempt fiction that might add up to a small mole-hill one day. Plus reviewing new or old books that are relevant to my enthusiasms of Crime fiction, the Arts, Natural History and Special Education. This is on 'wordparc'. I try to record honestly what I think but if something is too bad (to my mind, others may love it!!) then I will not 'blog'. There, what's that if not seemingly random!
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