Melanchrini - Maria Taylor
In her debut collection, Melanchrini, Maria Taylor’s distinctive poetry slips fluently amidst the worlds and underworlds of classical mythology and modernity; between her own Greek Cypriot heritage and British urban upbringing; among betting shops, schools, bar-rooms and hospitals.
Lively and ebullient, from moments of quirky humour to poignancy, these poems demonstrate a poet who isn’t afraid to leap into the heart of circumstance and treasure what she finds there. Melanchrini finds personal histories at the kitchen table, tears in the soapsuds, and a moment’s sensuality in the midst of a city market. Maria Taylor’s poems are deceptively plucky; as entertaining as they are inventive and quietly determined.
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