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Smart, concise, engaging.

I like this author. Her use of words is clear and engaging. You can inhabit her characters quickly and get pulled along by their emotions.

And bravo to Penguin for producing these mini masterpiece books.

Confessional poetry

I don't think there's anything I can add to the critical analysis of her work that hgasn't already been said.

However, I can simply say this is confessional poetry of great beauty, hard to read and not be moved and a little disturbed.

Life is a challenge for all. You can hide away from your emotions and fears or try to meet them and understand them. Sylvia Plath certainly confronted hers. Whether she ever came to terms with them, only she would know.

I can learn from her, try and express real feelings and not write formula stuff for predictable markets for the sake of making a few bucks.

I have a new book imminent.

I'll give out a lot more detail once I've decided on the title, which is proving as hard as writing the whole thing!