by Jackie Kay - £12.00 Bloodaxe Books Ltd (2007)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781852247775 | ISBN 10: 1852247770
Humour, gender, sexuality, sensuality, identity, racism, cultural difference: when do any of these things ever come together to equal poetry? When Jackie Kay’s part of the equation. Darling brings together into a vibrant new book many favourite poems from her four Bloodaxe collections, The Adoption Papers, Other Lovers, Off Colour and Life Mask
, as well as featuring new work, some previously uncollected poems, and some lively poetry for younger readers.
Kay’s poems draw on her own life and the lives of others to make a tapestry of voice and communal understanding. The title of her acclaimed short story collection, Why Don’t You Stop Talking, could be a comment on her own poems, their urgency of voice and their recognition of the urgency in all voice, particularly the need to be heard, to have voice. And what voice – the voices of the everyday, the voices of jazz, the voices of this many-voiced United Kingdom.
(Price & availability last checked: July 2018)
In booklists: Women Poets, Black and Asian Poets, World Poetry - Scotland, LGBTQ+ Poetry, In categories: Feminism & Women, Poetry & Writing, Ireland, Scotland & Wales, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuality & Transgender,