Review: joy ride by Jessica Mookherjee

August 18, 2018 sarahjameswrites

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Jessica Mookherjee, joy ride, The Black Light Engine Room 2017. £7 including P&P.

Right from the start, the title alone of Jessica Mookherjee’s joy ride has me excited – temptation, exhilaration, rebellion, breaking the rules… All these aspects are also covered by the poetry in the pamphlet, with the striking opening artwork by Jane Burn preparing me too for the darker elements of fear and danger that inevitably come with this.

Birds, nature, flight, loneliness, love and loss, belonging and place in the world feature across the pamphlet, as well as relationships of various kinds.

There is joy in word and idea play, such as the pamphlet’s opening line: ‘I’m struck blue, bottle-green wings unfolding’ (‘The Father’). It’s there in the sound of close-placed rhymes, as well as the imagery and deft line breaks, of stanzas like: ‘Now outside, I watch the river bend like a girl, | unfurl…

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