At the heart of many of these poems lies an apprehension of things being lost or destroyed, and with this a need for consolation. The question of how we look for, or create, such solace – whether in faith or the rain, by doing a puzzle or watching TV – is one that threads through the book. In this work – her second collection – there is an increasing scope and depth to language as Stoddart seeks to explore paradoxes: poems of motherhood are double-edged celebrations, grief must come to some good.
The ambivalence at work in her first book comes to intriguing fruition here in a collection of original and distinctive poems.
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