Vintage Sea is the first poetry pamphlet from Marion McCready (who blogs here).
I read the book a week or so ago and flicking through now to write this review, I'm immediately drawn to Becoming Spring, which despite its title perfectly describes the type of very wet Scottish weather we've had today:
All week I am water, cloud, rain, river
Sodden skirts cling to me.
This is typical of Marion's poetry, rooted in the landscape and experience of Scotland. The poems are full of imagery and characters who remain almost at the edge of vision, not explained, just there (The Herring Girl, The Cockle Picker's Wife, the family in The Red Road.)
My favourite poem is We Met by a Charm of Crossbills and not just because it is for me the most beautiful poem in the book but because as a birdwatcher, I'm very envious of the whole experience, I've never seen even one crossbill and would love to see a whole charm of them.....
The blood birds kiss the air
as they fall from cone to cone,
their warp of mandibles
freeing the fruits, shucking the shells
Vintage Sea by Marion McCready published by Calder Wood Press.
I'm taking part in Brighton Blogger's Reading Challenge 2012.