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Kingdomland is the debut poetry collection of Rachael Allen - a writer of rare vision and flair. The world she creates is suffused with surreal images and uncanny incidents. Unexplained violences and strange metamorphoses take shape in the 'glowering dusk'. And yet, all too clearly, we recognise life here on earth, its everyday griefs, dysfunctions and injustices. Where di ...more
Published January 17th 2019 by Faber Faber
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I have been on a poetry kick for a while now, and have read some fantastic collections. For me, this was not one of them. Poetry is so much about personal taste, and mine leans towards the lyrical yet personal, each word chosen to compliment the whole. Metaphors are a beautiful device, when used sparingly. Here, the writing leans more towards ‘stream of consciousness’ and surrealism, with repeated words, too many metaphors and sentences lacking in flow, making the poems feel disjointed. I just d ...more