Waiting for the Echo, A 2017 Poetry ID Anthology
Not yet available in bookshops, best to purchase via PoetryID website
978 09542867 7 48pp Paperback £5.
(note: there is a same-titled poetry collection by a single author, totally different to PoetryID title in cover and content, listed on Amazon)
Most of the poets here use a story mode with agile rhythms and chorded words but not so much any connecting rhymes, which I do have an occasional yen for. Anne Copeland’s first poem has numerous end-rhymes in her Summer Evening and Runner-Up by Rose Salina twists some neatly into her short poem on competition rules. Apart from that we stick with what might well be called Modern or Free, verse if such terms are still used.
It is a collection that ranges across the world, literally, in place, subject and with styles varied enough to keep the reader keen. From Brexit to weddings, kangaroos to car crash and with love and many tokens between. There is much to find and re-read.
I always suggest a few favourites, as below but all forty-three make this a very entertaining and at times thought-provoking anthology. Always good news for a poetry collection!
The venom of a platypus is not lethal By Jay Ward
Runner-up By Rose Salina Modern Dance By David Van-Cauter
Vase By Yuko Minamikawa Adams Syria: the 47 By Nicola Jackson
Jazz club: Tubby Hayes By Dick Jones