’Readers of poetry would enjoy this short book but also people who care for patients going through the various stages of cancer’
Title: Cooking with Cancer
Author: Julian Flanagan
Publisher: Mica Press
Reviewer: Carol Singleton Queen’s Nurse, North Tyneside
What was it like?
This unusual book of poems is set out in four chapters under the menu headings of: Starter, Main Course, Afters, Digest if. I have to confess that as I was only able to see the front cover of the book before I agreed to review it, I was expecting a cookery book not a book of poetry but was not disappointed by the contents.
What were the highlights?
I particularly enjoyed the poem called ’Rower’. There are only 15 lines but the imagery it portrays is vivid, skipping between the medical imagery “.. a fox cub puzzling on its P.E.-sock paws” and the day to day “the cardboard warm against our palms”.
Strengths & weaknesses:
There are no photographs or illustrations, which leaves the reader with just the words. Set out with one poem per page and no distractions. This means that it is easy to carry on reading the poems page by page.
Who should read it?
Readers of poetry would enjoy this short book but also people who care for patients going through the various stages of cancer could gain useful insight into what their patients are thinking and feeling at various stages of their illness from diagnosis, to surgery, and post surgery.
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