As you know, I have a soft spot for poetry. it is (perhaps) my favourite form of literature. So, when I was asked if I would like to review Penny Gotch’s new poetry book ‘Write Nothing’ I jumped at the chance.
My initial thoughts were that the content shared some similarities with Gotch’s previous work ‘Under the Tree’ which I think provides a good way in for new readers, and a strand of continuity for previous readers to pick up the flow of the book.
The majority of the content within this book focuses upon a theme of life relationships, which is something people can easily connect to with their own experiences. Whilst some poems could be said to focus on the more depressive side of relationships, it is done so very well, with powerful imagery driving home the concept of each poem.
While there may be a theme, the poems themselves each take a different stance, adding a refreshing element to the book. no two poems are exactly alike, and each seem to focus on the them from a different and engaging angle. One poem in particular really caught my interest through its clever use of the reader themselves to fill in parts of the poem, essentially creating two poems at once. upon reading, this poem is particularly powerful as by simply switching some of the suggested words, the imagery becomes powerfully different.
The development in skill can be seen, with this being Gotch’s 3rd poetry book you can see the refinement in imagery and her use of language. this helps to create a more powerful background to the poems themselves, and this could be argued as her best short poetry book yet.
Overall, this short and snappy poetry book is a welcome addition to any bookshelf, and it’s powerful imagery and content makes it well worth the read.
‘Write Nothing’ is released on March 31st.
To check out more of Penny Gotch’s work, visit her author page here.