Short of Breath by Vivien Jones is reviewed by Thomas Clark in The Eildon Tree, 26
And this is strong poetry, incidentally, spare and unsentimental in its handling of the passage of time. Clarity is very often the first casualty of modern poetry, but these are poems which pass straight through the eye and into the mind. Not simple, I should say, but works which honour to the utmost what should surely always be the writer’s primary duty – to take the reader with them as they go. Vivien Jones takes us along with her everywhere she travels, and the places we go with her are well worth the visiting.
Whilst we’re with our Scottish and Scotland-based poets (a growing presence in the Cultured Llama stable), here’s an interview with Gordon Meade,whose Les Animots: A Human Bestiary is forthcoming in September 2015, poetry with wonderful illustrations by Douglas Robertson. Gordon’s collection Sounds of the Real World is available for £8 (plus p&p), or with free p&p if you buy two or more books.