Fiona Sinclair's new pamphlet is published by 'Original Plus' Publications, which I think is an apt description for the kind of writing that this publisher brings out, and Fiona's does not disappoint. As in her previous collection, A Game of Hide and Seek (Indigo Dreams, 2012), Fiona writes with fearsome honesty abut expectations and appearances. Here, she takes us on a journey through internet dating:
'I search through my matches past Kray twin lookalikes,
married men wearing tell-tale dark glasses...'
These wry snapshots are interspersed with poems that poignantly explore the poet's relationships with both her parents, particularly her mother. Other poems look, with the same imaginative precision, at pets, proms, and clocks.
I particularly liked the realisations that the memories that stay longer in our minds are not necessarily the ones we expect to remember:
'For years, dreams familiar as TV repeats,
not of the boy, but the jilted A'levels.'
These are insightful and compassionate poems.
Fiona Sinclair, write me into bed with Casanova craft, Original Plus, Cumbria, 2014