“Mama Amazonica”

There are some beautiful images in Pascale Petit’s volume of poetry, “Mama Amazonica”, even though the underlying subject is sobering: ‘the story of (her) mentally ill mother and the consequences of abuse’.

However, in spite of the quality of some of the writing, the subject matter is totally unrelenting; poem after poem on the same crushing theme. I have to say that I reached a point where I simply had to stop reading in spite of the quality of the imagery; imagery that had become dwarfed by the brutal story which underpinned it.

Perhaps a book to be dipped into, like a hummingbird into nectar perhaps..? Who can say?