Article published on March 6, 2015.
I Knew the Bride is a collection that seems to grow in stature over the course of its 65 pages. Although there are some noteworthy pieces along the way, it is the moving, frank series ‘From a Dialysis Ward’ that closes the book that really gets under the skin. This sequence of eighteen poems reflect on the poet’s own diagnosis of a kidney disease and his subsequent ongoing treatment but far from being a maudlin memento mori, they’re replete with wit, honesty and boldness, although inevitably mixed with darker strains. Whilst these poems were engaging and provoking, unfortunately I didn’t find that to be the case with all of the collection, perhaps especially where they lacked the human touch. For me this is more of a personal read than a group read.
Personal read 3
Group read 2
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