The Simultaneous Dress by Linda France

The Simultaneous Dress

Linda France

There’s such a varied mix of poems in this collection that sometimes you think you’ve picked up a different book by mistake, but it’s good in that there’s bound to be something for most readers to enjoy. There’s some formal and comic verse (including a TS Eliot pastiche); some quite macabre explorations of identity; a sassy, magical poem about Newcastle; and gentle memories of childhood.

Extract

The trick with a simultaneous dress is that you wear it underneath your skin and let it show through, like a fancy vest under net. What you get is what you think. from The Simultaneous Dress

Parallels
  • Trumpet by Jackie Kay
  • Serious Concerns by Wendy Cope
  • The Country at my Shoulder by Moniza Alvi