I do enjoy poetry, and for me there are three things which make
it: intelligent, witty and creative prose; elegant presentation; and engaging
narrative. Whilst this book is not quite
the finished article, it does tick these boxes for the most part, and it is a
very enjoyable, pleasant and cosy way to spend a (very brief) bit of time. The six rhyming, interconnected narratives
are intriguing and edgy.
As a reader, making the most of poetry can only be done in
the right conditions – like coffee in a bistro, or a liqueur, it can be simply
drank in one, but where’s the pleasure in that?
I confess, I read this whole collection in a short interlude (in fact, I
spent longer writing this review), but I can recommend savouring it in the optimal
setting, perhaps with a glass of wine or a small log fire.
It is a nicely composed little gem, and an enjoyable work
to read, spiced with a warm and welcome hint of genuine darkness. To tell the truth, I wish that Brennan had
indulged us substantially more than he has – the publication does feel particularly
short, but it is beautifully packaged in a few attractive and endearing
pages. This book is more about the style
than the volume, like a small brandy.
Enjoy it while it lasts – I did.
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