The Bone That Sang
(INDIGO DREAMS PUBLISHING)
Booker is like a modern-day Scheherazade, weaving tales that pull you in and transfix. . .
LONDON GRIP (Louise Warren)
Throughout this collection, memorable turns of phrase surprise and delight. In ‘View from the Gibralfaro, Malaga’ “burnt ochre crenellations / steam like washed horses”. In ‘Student Clinic’ Mrs Nkumbo’s hat is a “blazing sun / that never sets” and in ‘Baby Blue’ the name Scarlet O’Hara is ingeniously turned into a verb.
THE POET MAGAZINE (Neil Leadbeater)
This is a seriously good pamphlet. It has pride of place on my desk.
Claire Booker writes lyrical poems with compassion, allowing readers to construct the stories they tell. ‘The Bone That Sang’ is tender, wryly humoured and human in the treatment of its subjects . . .
EMMA LEE’S BLOG
Acute social observation brim over in Claire Booker’s ‘The Bone That Sang’. Here is a poet concerned with social injustice and individual hurt . . .
THE HIGH WINDOW (Alan Price)
Bold, inventive, metaphorically rich . . . Here is poetry that challenges head and heart, and leaves an astonishing array of ideas and imagery playing in the mind . . . assured choices in form, tone and language never fail to move or pack a punch.
DREAMCATCHER (Jane Maker)
I absolutely love these poems. Powerful thoughts and ideas presented in very striking and imaginative ways. Beautiful.
Dawn Gorman (The Poetry Place)
Claire Booker’s second pamphlet has an indefatigable spirit . . . The poems reveal a tender humanity and have an unflagging energy.
It was lovely to dive into your pamphlet – so many wonderful stories and characters to enjoy!
You have a remarkable way with words. So captivating. If I had to choose just one favourite poem, it would have to be ‘At Risk Child’. That poem speaks to me of 21st century attitudes to ‘want’ and responsbility’ or lack thereof.