Natalie Crick’s Comments
I usually work with pen and paper and write countless drafts before deciding upon a final version. Sylvia Plath’s poetry and life story have been a great source of inspiration to my writing process, particularly in my teenage years when I first discovered her work, whilst Louise Gluck is a more recent source of creativity for my writing.
These five poems, “Night Sky,” “Fire,” “The Lady and the Dandelion,” “Seascape,” and “A Gift of Fruit,” discuss themes of nature with a deeper, more spiritual connection. I convey the beauty of nature through evocative description in each poem; in “A Gift of Fruit,” there is an abundance of “round syrup-sweet berries / Lush flushed strawberries / Peaches bursting open.” There are many sinister undertones involved, too; in “The Lady and the Dandelion,” whilst her lips whisper of “moon flowers / The languid bend in the river / Damp, ripe wind through tall grass,” she is also “fearful / waiting for the sting.”
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