Cilla McQueen produced this wonderful collection of poetry shortly after being named New Zealand poet laureate. The poems contained in this collection are varied in subject matter and tone. Some are delightfully simple, whilst others demand several readings in order to unravel layers of intensity. Some poems are playful and others deal with very serious issues.
McQueen’s canteen of word cutlery is sharp and polished. “Poetry takes you apart, puts you back different” she asserts in “Forveaux Express.” Much is said in few lines - in “Cup of Tea” the teacup, with its “fine warm rim” is a “place to rest and smile “ and the sugar bowl with its “roses” a poignant reminder of her mother, lost .
These are intelligent poems to be read again and again. Try reading the work of the very talented Cilla McQueen.
You won’t be disappointed!
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