Smitten: review

I was very kindly given a copy of this anthology of poems by women for women by one of the editors and contributors, Candice Daquin. Unfortunately Amazon won’t let me post it. I don’t spend enough seems to be the reason. I apologise, Amazon, for being poor.

Here it is, a very short review as it was intended for Amazon.


The Smitten anthology is a massive and important undertaking. With so many different poets and styles of poetry, it would have been astonishing if I had enjoyed every one of the contributions, and I didn’t. But there are a lot of poems that I did enjoy, some like Paula Jellis’s I want a woman with a big Bouffant and Clementine’s Please like girls made me smile. Others like Halleluja R. Huston’s vivid The Queen of Spain took the pain of one woman and implied its relevance to thousands. Likewise Lynne Burnett’s Willowy Rose & Chrysanthemum took a simple scene in a restaurant as a symbol of what love ought to mean to everyone.

It is the poems like these (there are many more: Jennifer Mathews’ What He Gave Away being one of my favourites) that make this collection interesting for me, because they are universal poems, about universal truths, of relevance to us all. There is nothing cliquey or clubby about them, they are simply good poems.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

25 thoughts on “Smitten: review”

      1. Some of them really stood out as what I call ‘proper’ poems with something to say and an original but understandable way of putting it across. Yes, I enjoyed her poems very much 🙂

  1. Amazon’s actions baffle me sometimes. I tried leaving a review for a friend’s book (which I did purchase) — and they still held it up for over a month, and only released it after about a half dozen phone calls. I guess they thought I was part of a “fan club” or something. 😦 It’s a shame that Amazon wouldn’t print this one, it’s a great review, and you picked wonderful examples from the book!

    1. Thank you! There is some really good poetry in there.
      Yes it is a shame they disallow reviews depending on how much money the reviewer has spent. It used to be that they didn’t want authors reviewing other authors but they gave up on that one. This is a new one on me though.

  2. Amazon is truly the Evil Empire–and yet we are so dependent upon them as more and more retail shuts down. You would think this would be just the kind of review they want. (K)

    1. I don’t think they care one way or the other. I don’t understand the logic though. You buy something for $49 and can’t leave a review that might be useful to others because it didn’t cost you $50. Spend enough money on Amazon and you can write as many half-arsed reviews as you want.

      1. I only use Amazon in extremis — which is usually when I want to buy small press books not available elsewhere. Everything else is bought elsewhere, locally or on-line.

        …and your review has tempted me to buy the book …… 🙂

      2. Oh, I’m glad! I was shocked that Amazon imposes a cash restriction on reviewing. If you don’t spend enough, you can’t leave a review of what you’ve bought.
        It sounds as though you are the kind of customer Amazon wants to zone out too 🙂

      3. Beating the system. If we all did it and actually bought less, the world would be a better place. I’m sure there are other equally rewarding jobs Amazon warehouse staff and white van drivers could do!

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