I really don’t read as much poetry as I think I should, usually preferring to opt for a novel to read instead, but when I saw this collection of women’s poetry, I knew I wanted to read it.
Can seriously affect your heart”
From ‘This Poem…’ by Elma Mitchell
And what a treat it is. Inside there is a wide selection of poems by women from across time, spanning continents and with varying themes. The collection is broken up into thematic sections and can either be read straight through, as I did, or dipped in and out of.
There are some wonderful poems here, some very familiar to me, and some that I’d never read before, but that I know I will definitely read again. Particular favourites for me were ‘How to Cut a Pomegranate’ by Imtiaz Dharker, ‘Fiere’ by Jackie Kay, and ‘For Forest’ by Grace Nichols. Poetry also has an amazing ability to conjure strong emotions and Anne Bronte’s poem ‘Lines Composed in a Wood on a Windy Day’ really spoke to me with its line “I wish I could see how the ocean is lashing” – I really want to see the sea again (I am aware that in the grand scheme of things, this is very low down the scale of importance, but it is something that I do miss at the moment).
The whole section on courage, protest and resistance is particularly brilliant, with poems from women speaking out in protest of slavery, war, oppression. The poems are strong and brave… and I love the fact that the cover of the collection reflects this boldness by being neon orange – it certainly stands out!
Well worth a read, there is a poem here for everyone.