Handprints by Valerie Morton

The Poetry Shed

Handprints

Valerie Morton
Indigo Dreams Publishing
ISBN 978-1-910834-02-2
£7.99

The epigraph to “Handprints” is from George Bernard Shaw: “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” I’ve read this poetry collection several times over the last few months, and the quote from Shaw is apt.

Valerie Morton holds a powerful magnifying glass to the individuals in this multi-generational family, showing us aspects of how their lives have been shaped by relationships, circumstances, and events large and small. She doesn’t spare us the difficult bits, but she also shows us (with those same bits) love, hope, courage and meaning – and how family and friend connections are the ties that bind. The last poem is the most joyous “concrete” poem I’ve ever come across.

These poems are skilfully written, full of surprises and astute. Highly recommended. E E Nobbs

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