Monday, 21 May 2012

Review of Gail Dendy's Closer Than That

It’s disconcerting to realise that although this SA poet has published seven collections over the past 20 years, only three have been published locally.

The others were all picked up by publishers in the UK and the US. I think we’re the poorer for it.

Here is a poet who seems to not take herself that seriously, but who takes her craft very seriously indeed.

The poems read with the ease of carefully honed work and a sly sense of fun in many of them ensures that my smile is never far away.

Gail Dendy is master of synaesthesia and mistress of poems that tip the reader deliciously off balance with their startling, almost tangible, plays with images.

– Moira Richards

(Published in Cape Times, May 18 2012)

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