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The Simultaneous Dress

by Linda France

There’s such a varied mix of poems in this collection that sometimes you think you’ve picked up a different book by mistake, but it’s good in that there’s bound to be something for most readers to enjoy. There’s some formal and comic verse (including a TS Eliot pastiche); some quite macabre explorations of identity; a sassy, magical poem about Newcastle; and gentle memories of childhood.

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The trick with a simultaneous dress is that you wear it underneath your skin and let it show through, like a fancy vest under net. What you get is what you think. from The Simultaneous Dress

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Trumpet by Jackie Kay
Serious Concerns by Wendy Cope
The Country at my Shoulder by Moniza Alvi
 

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