Saturday 3 September 2022

Book Review: Blue Wren by Bron Bateman

 Blue Wren
Bron Bateman

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Publication date: 2nd August 2022
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 96
RRP: $29.99AUD
Format read: paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher
My review of Blue Wren
Blue Wren is structured around poems inspired by paintings by artist Frida Kahlo. I did google Frida Kahlo's art after reading the poems and seeing the paintings gives a further insight into many of the poems featured.
Bron Bateman's poems are raw and emotional. Confronting and in turns contemplative. Her words flow beautifully from the page to sink deep into your heart.
The poems reflect on still birth, miscarriage, pain and loss, the passing of life, an unburdening of life's memories.
This is not the style of poetry I would normally read however I feel it would make a good study piece alongside Frida Kahlo's paintings. There is much that can be taken from Bron's poems on her perceptive memories of life.
My rating 3.5 / 5   ⭐⭐⭐½  
About the author
Bron Bateman is a poet, academic and mother of nine. She is a researcher in Crip and Disability Studies at the University of Newcastle and her research interests include Crip and Disability Studies, Queer and Gender Theory, cultural studies, creative writing, Feminisms, and the body. She has her work published in collections and journals in Australia, the UK and the US. 
Praise for the poet
'Erotic feminist sensitive and skilled Bateman is a poet who wants and deserves to be widely read.' - Saturday Age

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