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A Shadow in Yucatan

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Remember Bob Dylan and 'Boots of Spanish Leather'? He walked these same streets to a bar in Coconut Grove before his guitar was amplified. Remember Joan Baez and Woodstock? Recall the flowers in the rifle barrels and the braziers of Aldermarston? What about Mary Quant, and Abbey Road? If you remember those, then this is may be for you. You will not find them full-bodied, t ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Trafford Publishing (first published 2006)
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Chris Rose
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One of the extended luxuries of reading a book – particularly a good one, but then, at my age, I (we) should know when to abandon the not-so-good – is writing a review: another blank page to dash with blush and beam; pastels afforded by the author – go on, s/he enthuses, five stars in all the colours of the rainbow…

And then along comes Philippa Rees, with A Shadow in Yutacán, and I feel very much like the amateur – where to begin? Where then when begun? Philippa Rees’
Helen Valentina
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I came to Philippa Rees' writing via her blog, and from there to her magnificent Involution, which I have separately reviewed. This poem/novella, which was written before Involution, is a more personal and intimate theme than the grand sweep of the later work, but I can still see the genesis of that work in the intricate, finely drawn emotion, spirituality and sense of humanity and nature within this wonderful lament.

It is an ode to a lost age, lost innocence, the narrow visions of changing time
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is such an unusual read...a story in poetry and sublime poetry at that. There are so many beautifully expressed passages that I wish I could quote them all...but best to find out for yourself. The story is set in the Sixties and recaptures that stirring time full of nostalgia for many of us. How different the world seemed then. It held promise of freedom, fun and equality, yet the story Philippa weaves is actually of the sadness of disillusion. The promise didn't hold up for some people, no ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I hesitate to rate my own work at all ( or even mention it) but this book is the one I am truly pleased with. It seemed the sixties was such a seminal time for my generation and I wanted to capture it as evocatively as I could. The story told in these 11.000 words seemed to capture the abundant promise and the eventual tragic disappointment; but the sunlight of that time still remains in the memory, as the greatest opportunity lost. Revisiting that time now is almost tragic, because one cannot h ...more
Peter Anderson
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"But it is easier to think what poetry should be," John Keats remarked, "than to write it -- And this leads me to another axiom -- That if poetry comes not as naturally as leaves to a tree, it had better not come at all." Philippa Rees is a poet as Keats would have liked: poetry comes to her naturally, abundantly, freshly, wonderfully. She is an outstanding poet. Her great gift is for the striking, even startling, image. Yet for me (and now I can slip into the easier mode of thinking "what poetr ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jessica Bell
Recommended to Mari by: Philippa Rees (author)
An interesting evocation of the 'hippy culture' of the 1960s, and the style is reminiscent of T.S. Eliot. I found it slightly difficult to follow as the poetry is quite intensely packed, and I felt the story made a slow start. Then the pace picked up, and it got better and better as the story unfolded. The contrast between what society wanted, and what the girl Stephanie wanted and decided (or drifted into) was stark and was it better, or the same as, the emotional impact if she'd followed socie ...more
Eric Henderson
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This long poem tells the story of a young hairdresser who finds herself pregnant in 60s America. It is much more than a straightforward narrative of events; it reminds me of The Wasteland in its variety of techniques and voices. The language is beautiful and demands careful reading. If you love poetry, you will love this.
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The Poetic Novel? 1 2 Nov 02, 2014 03:42AM  
The Poetic Novel? 1 1 Nov 02, 2014 03:42AM  
'Shooting for the pot'
Philippa's many lives have all the elements of fantasy fiction. Born in South Africa and fatherless, she experienced the wildest parts of rural Africa in the care of her grandfather, often on safari for weeks inspecting rural African schools in a ten ton 'caboose' with a cook, a tracker marksman and a folding table.

The other extreme was imprisonment in boarding schools stud