Nicole Lyons is nothing short of a wordsmith. She doesn’t need reams of paper or hours of your time to tell a story of epic, poetic status. Her story telling is succinct. Her love and loathing palpable. Her ability to leave the page and rest within your mind’s eye, magic.
Whenever I read a poetry anthology, I always take pictures of my favourite pieces. I capture the moments I want to return to. With ‘I Am a World’ my camera roll filled up swiftly. I read this entire anthology in two hours. I consumed it. Felt it. Lived it. Breathed it. Quite frankly, I loved it; from cover to cover.
This collection spoils its reader with Lyons’ mastery:
‘she smells of midnight’ – Kissing Souls
‘set our clocks to the moons,
and perhaps everywhere and nowhere
will become our home.’ – Walk With Me
‘I am a lover of words
and tragically beautiful things,
poor timing and longing’ – Not Entirely Broken, Never Quite Whole.
My absolute favourite is I Want To Burn. But, you’ll have to buy the book to read that one.
Nicole Lyons is the witching hour personified. She is both a storyteller of old and a poet for the twenty first century.