Things People Have Said

Isabel Rogers, writing in Ink, Sweat and Tears, says:

 … this collection wears its considerable learning very lightly indeed, to magical effect.

The Department of Emotional Projections is, refreshingly, a collection rather than a book of linked poems which seems in vogue today, and probably easier to sell. You can dip into a collection: most of the poems are independent beings that can answer your mood. I love its variety and scope, and the feeling of being well-travelled by the end. An impressive debut indeed.

link to full review


A pamphlet version of this collection was highly commended in the Mslexia 2013 Poetry Pamphlet Competition.  The judge, Amy Wack of Seren Press, said:

“‘The Department of Emotional Projections’ kept me intrigued, guessing and entertained. I often had to read the same poem several times as the ‘moral’ of the poem often announced itself subtly, with a consequent sting, after I’d been lured through a mysterious situation. I loved how the metaphors kept turning themselves inside out. There is a wonderful exuberance here, often underlined by fear or pain.”


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