Jo Shapcott shows off her 'poetic prowess' with this collection of imaginative verse. It has everything you could want from a collection of poetry.
Within 'Of Mutability' are poems utilising strong poetical forms and technical devices to create very powerful imagery.
It is clear from the outset why this collection won the Costa Book of the Year award in 2010.
What I liked within the collection was it's subtlety. The poems contained various technical devices to enhance the images created in each piece.
I felt like I was standing, as a spectator, while reading these poems, which intensified my experience of Jo's writing.
I had the pleasure of seeing Jo perform some of her poems on the 21st of November at the incredible Keats House Museum - see a video below of Jo performing her poem 'At Guys' :
I gave this book four out of 5 stars because I enjoyed it a lot and I got everything I wanted from it.
One piece of advice I would give when reading this is - take your time and visualise each word. At the end of each piece take time to think about what you have just read and to see the subtle messages hidden within.
I am definitely looking forward to seeing what comes next from Jo. Watch this space folks...
Click here to see a full list of poetical work by Jo.
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