This collection offers a medley of voices ranging from the silly to the serious and back again. The poems are written in a variety of styles, including formal structure as well as free verse. Some of them began life as performance pieces, some have already been published, all are deeply rooted in human experience
In simple unadorned language, these poems reflect their author’s interests and experience of life, offering considerable delight and much to contemplate.
‘Passion’, Mary Jones writes, ‘is not confined to youth’ – and she then, in poems of rhythm and rhyme shows exactly what she means. The poetry of Mary Jones is full of life. It speaks of geriatric loves, loves not taken, and family. ‘I am becoming my mother and my grandmother,’ she notes, ‘which is no bad thing’. Her best work, though, has a delightful balance of wry humour and a lightly-worn wisdom – such as her wonderful folk poems that tell fables of Pontius Pilate, the King Jasper, King Oswald the Obnoxious, and Wayne the apprentice angel – and lines that not only dance, but sing.
An invitation from Mary Jones “to follow the lines as they dance and sing'” is one I strongly advise you to accept. Themes ranging from apprentice angels and making compost to pin numbers and geriatric lovers will find you nodding in agreement, smiling and even laughing aloud. This compilation of poems, some humorous, some serious, others offering food for thought, is definitely one to read and share.