Loosened Threads. A Graph Review : good 68 plus to 70 points
by Poetry I D
Published 28 June 2018. By. Poetry ID
978 0 9542867 7 4 £5
It’s not often you can find 62 poems from a total of fifteen contemporary poets in an anthology; maybe even more remarkable that it is the sixth such annual anthology from this poetry group based in North Hertfordshire. Furthermore Loosened Threads is a fine professional publication. Intriguing cover, quality production and a competitive price of £5, all worthy of a larger publishing organisation and a higher price. The book’s title is taken from an included poem by Adrian Body.
Cover design by Yuko Minamikawa Adams
Okay, now it’s time to admit my inclusion in this anthology, however I will not comment on my own work. Having spent many years in the publishing/bookselling world I am (maybe sadly) commenting via experience as well as enthusiasm on the subject. However, I like what I like and will let you know accordingly.
I could pick many a name and individual poems that bring images, scenes and thoughts into close focus but will concentrate on my personal favourites.
Rose Saliba get a surprise vote for all four of her poems. Intriguing, humorous, memorable, recitable, nail-on-head and a few more plaudits. As a set they just work for me: Play it Again, Lovernest, Hats, Missing. (My brrief comments on them below.)
Dick Jones: Snow is a language (interesting take on snow)
Adrian Boddy: Loosened Threads (events and repurcussions)
Simon Cockle: A Moon on my Pillow (a storybook poem)
Nicky Phillips: Unpickling (recasting a life)
Rose Saliba: Play it again: (Slightly longer than the other poems, drifting nicely through allusion after illusion (!), including and crafting snippets of (well-known film plus…) images into a dream of life. But of course, there is more to discover than a dream.)
Lovernest: (Short, fun, jaunty and ends in death: what more could you want from a poem?)
Hats: (Yes, all about different hats, did you know there were so many? And that’s It! Another one for the anthologists.)
Missing: (A change of tone here. A heartbeat for all parents…..)
Yes, maybe you want deeper thoughts or analysis from me but that is not what I offer. What I do say is that this is a collection that merits your attention from poets that you can read and re-read. I am sorry I cannot highlight them all.
All the poets and poems included in this volume represent contemporary poetry at its widest and best. Loosened Threads maintains its history of quality from Poetry ID throughout.
List of poets in order of contents:
Dick Jones, Ann Copeland, John Gohorry, Barbara Wheeler, Adrian Boddy, Gareth Writer-Davies, J.Johnson Smith, Simon Cockle, Nicky Phillips, Richard J.N.Copeland, Yuko Minamikawa Adams, David Van-Carter, Rose Saliba, Mark Randles, Jay Ward
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