Bethany W Pope’s debut poetry collection A Radiance is reviewed by Sarah Coles in the latest issue of New Welsh Review.
The review begins:
In Bethany W Pope’s A Radiance, darkness and light play before the eyes with extraordinary and often disturbing effect. This debut collection narrates a family history in the Southern Gothic vein, where Pope appears as a sensitive and unconventional character – Bethany – fiercely critical of the world which has wronged her and her family, but filled with such love and warmth that no trace of bitterness comes through. The collection’s first four lines resound with the deep blues of American folk tradition and yet their skewed scansion hints at the unease that is to follow.Daniel Ball, the farmer’s son,
fell for the girl on the veranda;
a catlike child with auburn hair
and a wistful, deep-blue expression.
We are immediately immersed in a sensual world of hickory smoke, breakfasts of fried squirrel and ‘pink squares of quivering Spam’…
Richard Thomas’s debut poetry collection The Strangest Thankyou is also receiving rave reviews as he launches the book at a number of events in the West Country
Chris Muirhead writes:
The writing of Richard Thomas is playful, self-aware and comical in one strand and artful, weighty and serious in another. These contrasting approaches wrap around one another throughout the book in a way that pulls the reader through the high reeds of his sometimes lyrical lake, twisting and tightening until you find your feet in his delivery. These poems are perfect for reading aloud and Thomas’s eloquence bends the poems back and forth from how you experience them on the page, to how you hear him onstage.
To read the full review, click here for London Grip.
Steve Spence writes:
Richard Thomas is a fresh young voice from Plymouth whose work combines a surprisingly direct yet engaging take on the surreal with a more romantic and passionate approach to his subject.