(Semi-recently) I was lucky enough to be involved with the publication of page seventeen editor Tiggy Johnson‘s first poetry collection, quite fittingly entitled ‘First Taste.’
It was fantastic to be involved with these poems, with a collection Graham Nunn says is ‘brimming with domestic luminosity‘ and I do agree. The poems in First Place reveal an unapologetic struggle with motherhood, a forthright engagement with the issues around parenthood and a powerful directness. Just check out ‘The Facts’ or ‘Shopping for Girls’ at Verity La.
In other instances the collection shows real tenderness in ‘Solitaire‘ and in ‘Concluding,’ or takes a sly look at the past. There’s much more to enjoy, right down to a brilliant cover design by Jenny Chapman.
If you’re around Brisbane this Sunday, visit her at the Speedpoets gig:
SpeedPoets, Sunday September 5, 2:00pm – 5:30pm, InSpire Gallery Bar – 71 Vulture St. West End
Tiggy Johnson, Randall Stephens & Andy White
2010 SpeedPoets Open Mic Competition
Entry is a gold coin donation