’Poetry is a very personal thing and in this book David Stanley opens his soul in some of the poems’
Title: Free Range Poetry
Author: David Stanley
Publisher: David Stanley
Reviewer: Nigel Jopson, retired nurse
What was it like?
Poetry is a very personal thing and in this book David Stanley opens his soul in some of the poems. The collection is eclectic with some of the poems seeming more suited to Christmas crackers. It is interesting to see the different types of poetry he aspires to and there are certainly some gems in there that stop you dead and start you thinking. He uses a variety of styles and echoes many different poets. Some seem to be influenced by Spike Milligan and John Lennon in their word play. It is a stream of consciousness book and could perhaps have been bettered if an editor or advisor had been used to give it more structure
What were the highlights?
The poems about his mother are heartfelt. I found that I liked Tunbridge Wells, which is a Southern answer to John Cooper Clark and almost as depressing.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The structure could really be improved I feel. It was an interesting read although frustrating at times as it felt that a talent was being wasted on Clinton Card verses when there was potential for so much more.
Who should read it?
People who like poetry and are prepared to work through the book to find the excellent parts.
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