Friday Poem – ‘Accent’, Carolyn Jess-Cooke


This week’s Friday Poem is taken from Carolyn Jess-Cooke’s debut collection, Inroads.  

The opening piece, ‘Accent’ where ‘stowaway inflections and locally-produced slang/have passports of their own’ is a praise poem for the versatility and joy of language, “The way sound chases itself in tunnels and halls, the way senses fold  memory…”.After this playful start, a difficult childhood is evoked through metaphor in poems like ‘Music Lesson’,‘One Thousand Painful Pieces’ and ‘Bitten’, all the more heartbreaking for being indirect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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