UNDER THE TREE is a self-published poetry debut by writer Penny Gotch.
I am a big fan of judge a book by it’s cover, and this one just didn’t sell it for me. However, this is a self-published personal book – so it isn’t designed to go on a shelf – it’s designed to be passed personally from person to person. I love how concise it is with only 22 poems spread over 29 pages.
I like a short and sweet blurb, and this one tells you not only about the content – but also the author!
“Under The Tree” is the debut poetic work of Penny Gotch. Its 22 poems cover a wide range of topics from the serious to the light-hearted, from depression and love to flu vaccinations and turkey soup.
The first thing I need to say is that it is so refreshing to read a collection that isn’t about just one thing! I am guilty myself of writing pages upon pages of love poetry – but sometimes you don’t to read the happy stuff, you need a bit of depression thrown in.
Secondly, it is also great to see a poet who can actually vary her style! She doesn’t just write one form of poetry – she has several, and it makes it a lot easier to read the collection when you can bounce from one type to the other.
I like that the author has included some grey-scale images to add that extra little bit of imagery to help the reader’s imagination flow. Not that you need a picture to help you visualize the scenes – her poetry is so descriptive that you can’t help but feel you are right there in the middle of everything.
My favourite poem…
My favourite actually has to be the last one, which is called I’m Not Sick – it just spoke to me on so many levels.
If you want to know what poem I’m talking about, you’ll just have to buy the book!
Tumblr: pennygotch / pennygotchpoetry
If you are interested in buying a copy for the bargain price of £4.00 with FREE P&P to anywhere in the UK, then just email firstname.lastname@example.org