The Mermaid Rides Again

The Mermaid Rides Again

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'The Mermaid Rides Again' is full of lyrical and funny poems, honed from years of performance, inspired by an adventurous life North, South, in Kent and the Isle of Wight.

Following the success of her first poetry volume, 'The Mermaid is Unimpressed', this second volume is filled with poems covering the thrills of riding pillion on motorbikes to embarrassing entanglements with past lovers, including such topics as the joy of cake to the perils of leaving granny by the cliff edge.

With a wry wit, sarcastic but tender, Sandy Kealty guides the reader with a narrative on the grit that formed the pearl of each poem. She writes in free verse, and sometimes in rhyme, but always with an ear to be performed aloud, from her experience as a musician and in performing her poems to live audiences.

A wise and intelligent poet, reflecting back on life, while analysing the state of the nation. With fantastic vocabulary and just the right word in the right place, she writes tight and punchy poems, that are also reflective and witty, formed from personal experience on her life that will also resonate with many.

Poems to read aloud, poems to perform, poems to heal, poems as a gift, poems for mum, poems for a daughter, poems to make you smile, poems to make you laugh, poems for women, poems for men. Read them at home, on the train or out loud in a park!

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Product details

  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 3mm | 77g
  • English
  • 1999728343
  • 9781999728342

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Priase for Sandy Kealty's debut poetry volume "The Mermaid Is Unimpressed":

Sandy Kealty descended on the Dimbola "At Homes" exotically dressed, and a wonderful reciter of her pin sharp, comic and wise poetic diatribes of contemporary life.

She is the poetic equivalent of a great cartoonist, eschewing jargon and pomposity, always with a funny but wise punch line, and particularly gifted at setting out a verbal picture that lingers in the mind long after the poem has ended.

Yes, she is very taken with runner beans and dust, with clothes and memories and the joys -- and pitfalls -- of retirement. And in full control of rhyme and meter. But in print, the poems reveal great depth, indeed "The Mermaid is Unimpressed" revealed -- beside elements of fantasy and legend -- a personal history and a vein of melancholy and sadness.

Sandy promised that her next collection would deal with caution, and motorbikes, and hip-hop, and now here it is.

The Dimbola "At Homes" came to their natural conclusion, but Sandy Kealty marches on, and we are so proud that Mrs Cameron's former temple of the arts, helped give her the confidence to develop these exact, comic and thought-provoking pieces. I feel that there is much more to come.

Brian Hinton MBE, Chairman Julia Margaret Cameron Trust
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