The author of these poems states at the front of the book that this collection has been written as an experiment in Word Painting. The Roman poet, Horace, said that poets, like painters, conceptualised their ideas visually, a painter with colours, a poet with words.

Fairbairn therefore wants these poems to be ‘seen’ and has included illustrations throughout which are representative of the pictures this poet saw when she was writing.

This is not a long book but it is packed with vivid description. Each poem perfectly depicting the topic from Scottish Mining Disasters to The American West, and Landscapes of Great Britain to Relationships. There is much beauty, tragedy and poignancy in these poems. I thoroughly enjoyed the collection and the author has certainly achieved her goal in painting pictures with her words.

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