Georges Perec is my hero, by Caron Freeborn, Circaidy Gregory Press, 2015 (£7.99 from the publisher)

Caron Freeborn is a writer who has recently shifted her focus from prose to poetry. Her first collection, which came out in May of this year from Kay Green’s Circaidy Gregory Press, demonstrates that the shift has been well worth it: Caron is a fine poet. This is poetry that is of its time and place (its time being NOW and its place being Essex, for Caron is an Essex girl through and through).Product Details

In these poems you will find a fresh and honest way of looking at the world. The poet has thought hard about how to express the world she inhabits. Her aperçus are leavened with wit and humour a-plenty (which I always appreciate – you catch way more flies with honey than with vinegar) in titles such as ‘My friend is descended from Byron’, ‘Taxonomy of Yawning’ and ‘Everything tastes like chicken’. There are references to classics, ancient and modern, eg ‘My last duchess’, ‘Sense of an Ending’, ‘Mother’s Little Helper’. There are poems which create strange allegories (‘Love Hurts’) and some which add to the fine British tradition of glorious nonsense poetry (‘Smile in a day’, ‘Birds of prey’) leaving their point stuck into the reader’s skin like a barb; some are even sharper, cutting the reader (‘Hunger Artist’). There are poems about children, about parents, about being a woman, and about being a human being from Essex in the twenty first century.

It’s a powerful collection which ranges very broadly, largely in a pentameter which is sometimes iambic and sometimes less formal. The blank-ish verse approach suits the subject matter well, as many of Caron’s subjects speak to the reader from the page, and this technique is a conversational one. It is no surprise to learn in ‘About the author’ that Caron is currently working on a novella in blank verse. I look forward to that.


Published by Judi Moore

Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed. BTW - it says the link to Facebook is broken. I dispute that. Click it and see, why not?

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