Melanie Penycate’s new collection is finely written, showing a strong musical talent in a variety of forms. This is greatly accomplished writing combined with fascinating choices of subject.
Whether writing about a mermaid, a bound foot, Helen Keller’s tapping out of words through touch, or the sense of loss of a conjoined twin, Penycate explores different means of expression in those who find expression difficult, with wit, compassion and vivid imagery. These pleasing and thought provoking poems stay with you long after the book is closed.
Hidden River, Bloodaxe books.
... deep and daring poems in which the reader will find much to admire.
Melanie Penycate’s ‘Bees’ provides a reason for her subject’s insanity. It offers such a vivid sensuous set of images that we see briefly through her subject’s eyes.