Cheshire Born

Cheshire Born

by John Wright

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ISBN-13: 9781452501888
Publisher: Balboa Press
Publication date: 05/09/2011
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

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CHESHIRE BORN 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jennifer Reinoehl for Readers' Favorite "Cheshire Born" is an enchanting book of poetry by John Wright that will take you through a lifetime of interludes. You will identify with Norma as she breaks the language barrier through actions more than embarrassing, an uncle whose death prophecy finally comes true, and the boy having his first experience with the vulgarity of another culture. It is a melancholy look at yesteryear across the English countryside and into Holland and modern life. John Wright writes in a style that is best described as a cross between that of Sylvia Plath and James Joyce. "Cheshire Born" contains a nice mix of narrative poetry and well-captured dialect. I enjoyed reading the poems presented here, especially the ones about traveling through Holland, which were lighter than the rest. 'The Queen’s English' was perhaps my favorite, closely followed by 'Interview' (1968), 'Euchered' (1969), 'Medici', 'Fatal', 'Matriarch', and 'Trojan Blessing'. I love lines such as “a Rosary-rattling Grandmother who scared the living daylights out of God” that are filled with alliteration and candor. I gave the book four stars instead of five because although I enjoyed the trip into Holland, it was more unified in its experience than the other poems before and after it. The first two sections of "Cheshire Born" are separate vignettes about people and places. Then comes the Holland section, which is almost like one poem broken apart by titles and different meter. After the Holland sequence, the poems return to their vignette style. Since the style was so different from the other sections, I felt maybe it would have been best in another collection. Apart from that, the poems are well-written and solid throughout.