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.