ANNE LEWIS-SMITH: EVERY SEVENTH WAVE
ISBN 0 9552424 5 2
A subsequent collection is RED SHOES (Poetry Monthly Press ISBN 978 1 906357 28 3)
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|ANNE LEWIS-SMITH: EVERY SEVENTH WAVE
Many of Anne Lewis-Smith's poems are not just about places, but they are filled with people or memories of people associated with these places.
The sea is a prominent image in her work: witness these stanzas from LITTLE HAVEN AT LOW TIDE:
In eight hours time this space, this air I breathe, will be drowning sea ... I shall be drinking tea behind my sandbagged door when that unceasing beast explodes with rage against the cliff, spits spume against my window-panes, at four o'clockPowerful words and she achieves the same mastery in a sequence of poems about Napoleon and his days on St. Helena. This is the author's 10th collection. My only regret is that there a few too many poems about the art of writing itself. The less reflective poems are far more interesting. Not all the poems are recent as I was delighted to see included First a poem I first published in 1970 and later reprinted in Editor's Dilemma.
|reviewer: Gerald England.