Travelling Light, by Vickie Johnstone: #BookReview.


I exercise a degree of caution when reviewing poetry, since I’m by no means a competent practitioner. Therefore my judgment is necessarily both subjective and lacking in personal experience.

This is a pleasant read with a great deal of variety in the poems offered. There’s rhyme and blank verse here. For me, the blank verse won out in terms of quality and engagement. Some of the rhymes made those verses seem a little forced.

The quality struck me as inconsistent, with some of the pieces on offer giving the impression they’d been written swiftly and not revisited to produce the sort of accuracy of language the best poetry demonstrates. Other verses seemed to have been worked until they said precisely what was intended, however.

An easy read for the most part and a book that’s encouraged me to try again to write some poetry.

[A review is a personal opinion. No reviewer can represent the view of anyone else. The best we can provide is an honest reaction to any given book.]

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