This is Not A Spectacle by Isabelle Kenyon
The chapbook explores our diverse society, exploring taboo subjects, people and events which, in turn, repulse and intrigue us.
‘THIS IS NOT A SPECTACLE’ is the first anthology from Fly on the Wall Poetry.
Inspiration for This is not a Spectacle:
They branded him a drunk:
“I KNOW HIM. HE’S A DRUNK.
Brands him lame, unfit for purpose;
Leaves him to bleed.”
Myself and my Mum were on the phone to the ambulance team who arrived very quickly. Even they mentioned he would be out on the streets again by that evening – no beds.By the majority of people there, that man was treated as a spectacle, and not a person, because of his status, or lack of, in society.
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The opening poem ‘billows’ with stayed emotions of love and of loss. The focus is loss and the relative isolation of the ‘I’ since that time, which is translated through the architecture of the poem:
‘…Green Light/Green-so you walked, flew, crumbled,/broken but you/Only wanted to talk about me,/…’
The poems relating to the everyday experience of being a woman are signposted via the rhetoric of objectification and submission using text to shout out and Kenyon is unafraid to challenge political language and badge wearing:
‘… THAT I OBJECT TO, /WE ALL DO,/ US ‘FEMI-NAZIS,’/US ‘OPINIONATED WOMEN,’/…SO IT MUST BE ENGLISH POLITENESS,/SOCIAL NICETIES WHEN I PICK UP MY RAZOR,/WET IT,/APPLY -/…
All these poems are demarcated for dramatic impact and make use of linguistic connotations, the choreography of meaning, which opens the potential of the poems to renew each time they are read.
The collection is moreover a eulogy to Kenyon’s grandmother and pays tribute to the politics she believed in and the private issues that punctuated her life: war, disaffection, disability, age, feminism, poverty, equality and the environment.
The typography within this chapbook lends itself to visual display and offers further potential to expand and unpack the headline themes.
A worthy and promising collection.
Debbie Walsh MA
A collection of fine works with something for everyone- a real treasure!
About the author: Isabelle Kenyon
I am a young poet based in Greater Manchester. I have enjoyed writing poetry for the past seven years and I’m excited to present my first mini anthology to you.
My poems have published in poetry anthologies such as the Inkyneedles anthology, the Great British Write Off, the Wirral festival of Music, Speech and Drama, The Tiny Tales anthology and the Festival of Firsts, as well as achieving third place in the Langwith Scott Award for Art and Drama.