The Hallucinogenic Effects of Breathing
by Joanna Boulter
40pp Paperback Stapled Pamphlet
with colour laminated cover.
Published 1st May 2003
£4.00 post free in UK.
"You must delve into Joanna Boulter's jewellery box of poems with caution. Certainly there are the brilliants which flash as dazzlingly as the snakeskin she so luminously describes in one of her poems. The lure will be her gorgeous and assured choice of language. The sting will strike with its note of discord, disenchantment, disquiet and fear. Her poems trap you with their beauty then deliver their harsh message of tough reality. This is the true voice of the poet: to be unsparing and to make it sing. In her description of the Hanging Gardens she sums up this work:
And I'm following
the lines of the growing
on the dark wall of trees
on the light wall of paper.
She is that rare modern being: an intellectual writer who trusts her readers. Read her work first for the beauty, then for the heart, and finally for the mind nudging us to look again – and again."
S. J. LITHERLAND.
Reviewed by Anne Stevenson in Mslexia.
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