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The Remedies

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  38 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Katherine Tower's second collection is a book of small wonders. From a house drowning in roses to crickets on an August day, from Nerval's pet lobster to the surrealism of flower remedies, these poems not only explore the fragility of our relationship with nature, but show what that relationship can aspire to be: each poem attunes us to another aspect of the natural world, ...more
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Published August 11th 2015 by Picador
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Eve Dangerfield
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finished on a rainy Saturday morning and so glad I did. It was the perfect place and time for me to read these beautiful compilations.
rosamund
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Some of these short poems are very beautiful. Divided into three sections, the poems in this short book muse on nature and many explore loss. The first section is the most successful: opening with an imaginative poem about a house overgrow with roses and a lost father, the poems feel fresh and precise. The middle section, for which the book is titled, was the least successful for me. The author describes plants used in traditional remedies and imagines these plants have the disease they are supp ...more
Thomas
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
As beautiful as some of these individual poems are, The Remedies never really takes off or offers anything startlingly different. With the cannon behind it, writing original nature themed poetry can't be easy, and Towers tries to inject her collection with fresh and interesting ideas. The poems here are all fine, well crafted examples of the genre, but the not much stands out. It is divided into three, only the middle one named ('Flower Remedies') while the first and third are simply numbered. T ...more
Christina
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Some lovely poems, a little whimsical and wistful.
Rachel
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Intricate, detailed, short poems
Jennifer
Aug 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book to read and review
This is only a small thin book of 53 pages - each poem being set to one page but some of the poems are really really short. Thus said it didn't take me long to read the whole book. But why ? - that was the question I was left asking myself when I got to the end of the book. Now I don't even begin to say I am a poetry fanatic but I am always open to trying new things and this book caught my eye. But now I wish it hadn't. The poems were mostly about life and
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