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Strong, fresh, vivid poems from award-winning author Jean Gill, on an astounding range of subjects including adultery, AIDS and the Mexican Earthquake. If you crossed Wendy Cope’s work with Sylvia Plath’s, Jean Gill’s poetry might be the result.

‘You’re starting to smother me, darling,
you’re faded and boring, my dear.
It’s my turn to play with another
and your turn alone with
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published February 14th 2018 by The 13th Sign (first published January 1989)
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Suze Clarke-Morris
This is the first poetry book I have ever written a review for, and it's really hard! Reading poetry is such a personal, subjective experience, more so than when reading a novel, I think.

There were some poems in this collection that touched me, some I really enjoyed, and some that I wasn't so keen on. And that's fine. I very much appreciated how honest and open the author is, and how her experiences shape her work. There is a little story behind each poem included, and they were invaluable. I r
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Chantelle Atkins
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit I do not read a lot of poetry. I chose this book as I am taking part in a reading challenge which requires a book of poetry to be read. I was drawn in by the vibrant front cover and the title. I didn't really know what to expect but ended up reading this book in one sitting, mostly with a big smile on my face. There were many gems in here. My absolute favourite was Never Forget Your Welsh. I enjoyed the varied subject matter, from love and marriage, motherhood, death, loss and feminism. ...more
Cynthia
The author included at the end of the book.... 'explanations/meanings' behind each of the poems....& that was the 'saving grace' for me (& my review!) I found most of the poems hard to understand, & I found, even the 'explanations', sometimes puzzling! Poetry isn't my genre at all, so maybe my review should be taken with 'a grain of salt!' It didn't turn me off from continuing to occasionally try out a book of poetry tho, so there is that!
I won this e-book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway pro
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Sue Wallace
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
with double Blade by Jean gill.
a collection of vivid poetry.
This was a lovely refreshing read. loved it. 5*.
Alison (The Lowrey Library)
*I received this from a Goodreads giveaway*

Some of these poems were really witty, and I enjoyed them. However, most I found difficult to understand, and I failed to find a connecting link between the poems in this collection. I thought the idea of providing the story behind the poems was charming, but not enough so to make up for the general bewilderment I had while reading.
L.
With Double Blade definitely has its moments of wit, but overall I felt like the poet was being a bit self-congratulatory with her intellect. I admire that she likes double-meaning and word play, but I felt like it was too much at sometimes and made the poems' meaning jumbled. I quite enjoyed her poet's notes in the back, but I also feel like if you need a detailed note to explain your poems to your audience before they get meaning out of them, then that's perhaps problematic. I'd like to read a ...more
Angela
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't read a lot of poetry but I know what I like when I do and I loved this book. Perhaps its because I am a woman of similar age and background to the author, but I found her poems resonated with me. I also loved her short contextual comments, not so much explaining her poems but giving a commentary on her frame of mind and where she was in her life's journey when she wrote them. For me that really added to the enjoyment. This is a an interesting and enjoyable collection I will continue to d ...more
Victoria Zieger
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I really liked the tone that the author used in the poetry. Each poem was unique and thought provoking. Some of it seemed a little bit rushed or not fully together. And I almost didn’t like the explanations at the end because with poetry, I like to think about it and not be told what it is directly about or how to think. Overall, fun poetry and good writing!
Susan
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I received this book for free from the author/publisher in response for an honest review of the book. I have not had the opportunity to read this book at this time. I will add my
review of this book once I have read the book. Thank k you for allowing me the optometrist review your work. I look forward to reading this book.
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Jessica
I received a Kindle book for free through a Goodreads giveaway. While the poetry in this book isn't badly written, it simply wasn't my style and I couldn't get into the words or flow. The cover art excited me but I tend to like more slam style poetry, poems that evoke emotion and imagery. These poems are more more...light-heartef, in a sense. It's hard for me to describe. ...more
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Jean Gill is a Welsh writer and photographer living in the south of France with two scruffy dogs, a beehive named 'Endeavour', a Nikon D750 and a man. For many years, she taught English in Wales and was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Carmarthenshire. She is mother or stepmother to five children so life was hectic.

Publications are varied, including prize-winning poetry and novels,
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