Saturday, July 4, 2015

Kaleidoscope by Carole Anne Carr

by Carole Anne Carr
30 pages

In her first poetry collection – some originally broadcast on BBC North West – Carole Anne Carr draws upon her lifetime experience in various parts of the world as banker, actress, artist, preacher, novelist and educationalist. Poems exploring childhood and growing-up in Yorkshire, the darker theme of apartheid in Central Africa, of first love, the poverty of old age, and of cruelty and loss, are interwoven with a wry sense of humour.


Although this isn't exactly an area that I read very often, I'm glad I had the chance to experience the delightful imagery presented in this short book. The poems pull in, exposing a depth of emotions and feelings often hard to find. I found myself reading the lines again and again, and each time finding a slightly new understanding of what the words said. Each poem transfers the reader to a different place, allowing us to dive into the words and go beyond the initial meaning.

This is originally written more for the adult audience, but I believe that teens ages 14+ will also enjoy these poems and have no trouble discovering a deeper meaning for themselves. This is a joy to read and the poems inside are something one will return to in many years to come.

You can find out more about Carole Anne Carr and her books (especially for children) at

1 comment:

Michelle Wallace said...

I also read and enjoyed this collection!