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Charming and dangerous

The estimable Jonathan Shaw, to whom I will always be grateful for accepting two of my earliest stories ("Bertie" and "Alistair" - both ghost stories, of a sort, and both for The School Magazine), has reviewed The Duties of a Cat. Among other things, he says,

"Like cats themselves, the poems can be charming and dangerous in the same breath."

But why don't you go and read the whole review? It's got extracts from Christopher Smart and David Malouf! Who could resist?

And here's a gratuitous cat photo! Felix, being shy.

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Comments

kylaw
Jul. 17th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
"That blue point pelt as long as winter." Such a handsome fellow.

I finally picked up a copy of "Duties" at Kinokiyuna. Such a handsome little thing in itself! It is a good review and upon consideration, I think the quality he identifies as "charming but dangerous" is the same melancholy, at once pleasing and disturbing, I found throughout this collection. I have been dipping into it as kind of a emotional safety valve over these past weeks, with all their various goings-on. Although my favourite piece may well be "Dream Hunt", it is "Learning How To Be A Cat" that replays in my head as I watch our two hunt toy mice, reels of thread and dice. So, thank you and congratulations!

Edited at 2014-07-17 11:25 pm (UTC)
jennyblackford
Jul. 18th, 2014 05:09 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Kyla - that's so thoughtful and excellent - a mini-review in a blog comment!
jennyblackford
Jul. 19th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)
And "Dream Hunt" is my favourite too - along with "Learning how to be a cat". Yay!!!