Planet 231

Elizabeth Edwards reviews
by Rhian Edwards and
Better Houses
by Susie Wild


Seren, £6.00

From The Parliament of Fowls to Crow, birds are familiar ground for poetry but Edwards’s dark and witty Brood finds new points of entry. Suggesting maternity, and a mood, from the title onwards, Brood bears witness to things unravelling – a relationship, a pregnancy, a myth, a familiar rhyme. ‘Before I was mortal’, it begins with ‘The Birds of Rhiannon’, transporting us to the undefined chaos of an unreal world crowded with characters (human and avian) and voices (spoken and sung), and their increasingly punishing demands.

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