She is now 80 and this, her eleventh collection, will possibly be her last. I'm sure I have a copy of her third collection FLESH AND FLOWERS (Mitre Press 1967) in my bookshelves. I can't just put my hand on it now, but, whilst looking for it, found PLACES AND PASSIONS (Mitre Press 1986) and inside are my scribbled notes for a review
This hardback collection is full of sensual power and gentle passion with seriousness and humour cohabiting a world of reality.RED SHOES opens with a macabre but haunting poem
a counterpoint for female voice, between the Girl alone and a chorus of five representing the Riverwhich is about a drowning girl.
Among my favourites in this collection are CHILD'S SWING ON PELISTRY BEACH
Beside me, in marram, a dark boughed treeand STAYING ON THE BOAT
gave shelter, where ropes, knotted easily
round branches, let a small wooden swing hang free.
What did I expect ...
... paths would still be bracken hid
laced with tall nettles so you held
your bare arms high wading the green?
... I saw bare well-worn tracks
on the southern hill, but not our tree
ANNE LEWIS-SMITH: RED SHOES AND OTHER POEMSRead a review of an earlier collection on NHI Review.
Poetry Monthly Press
39 Cavendish Road
ISBN 978 1 906357 28 3
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