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An Emptied Space

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Title: An Emptied Space

Author: Mel McEvoy

Publisher: Mudfog Press

Reviewer: Paul Watson RN, SCPHN and secondary school teacher

What was it like?

This is a collection of poems that reflect the author’s own life experiences, as well as those of his parents. He explores the passions of parenthood and spiritual faith as well as the world of the aged and dying that he knows intimately through his work as a nurse.


What were the highlights? 

There are many poems in this book, with chapters ranging from “Beginnings” to “Dying” and “Family Life” to “Something More”. With 34 poems spread over seven chapters, there is likely to be something to capture the imagination of any reader.

Strengths & weaknesses:

This book provides a gritty reflective, poetic narrative of the author’s life experiences, and those of his parents. I did, however, find many of these poems quite difficult to read, and tended to lose concentration before the end of some of the longer ones. There were times when I was unsure if the grammatical construction of some of the poems was by design, or as a result of error.

Who should read it?

Having written a few poems and many rhymes of my own I generally enjoy reading poetry. But I did find this quite a difficult read. While I appreciate the content and experiences of these poems, I did not find them particularly stimulating. I am unsure who any potential readers might be, but suspect that anyone with a true interest in poetry would be interested to have a look. It is not, however, going to be on the reading list at the local school of nursing or social care.


Loads of experiences,

there’s lots to read,

Many thoughts;

More than you’ll need!


Is it good?

It’s not that bad.

It isn’t jolly,

It’s rather sad!


Who should read this?

Who is it for?

It’s rather “Gritty”

I’m not quite sure!

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