Jo Reed’s second collection of poetry offers readers more of her trademark mix of memory, myth and magic; a window to a unique world where the unvarnished reality of OAP shopping trips (‘Finding the deepest trolleys, we fill our day’) sits alongside breathtaking flights of imagination (‘a turtle sings, fathoms deep, a boy held safe upon her back.’)
The magic of Life Class is found in the single consciousness that connects the poems; be they set in the world of 1960s Soho, on the edge of an estuary, on a Greek island, or in the hearts and minds of Jo’s inimitable female protagonists (and the men they love – or more frequently, tolerate). An invaluable chance to spend more time in the company of this much-loved poet.
“As ever, lively and engaged work.”
— Sean O’Brien
“Lots of wit, wisdom, and lyrical flourish.”
— W.N. Herbert
“[Jo Reed] evokes moments and scenes with a painterly precision, rich with sensuousness and musicality.”
— Pauline Plummer
Date Published: 2015-04-24
Catalogue Number: VP0075
Number of Pages: 52
Cover illustration by Ken Vail
Cover design by the author
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