Happy Thursday everyone, today I’m sharing my review for Ghosts by Nick Conroy as part of the Love Books Group blog tour and my thanks go to Kelly and Wild Pressed Books for the gifted copy.
About the book
Every poem in GHOSTS touches on the theme in some way, whether it be overtly as in the title poem, or more succinctly, as in Dragonfly – in which the poet explores ephemeral elements of his perception of his mother.
Nick Conroy’s words touch the heart of his subject matter, and the reader’s emotions at the same time.
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I have to admit that poems aren’t something I’ve really read much of so I was quite keen to read this book of poems and see how I got on.
I dipped in and out of the book in between my current reads and read a poem here and there and I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed them.
I won’t give away anything about any of the poems, each one is different and thought-provoking. It’s quite a talent to be able to portray such emotion and feelings in so little words and I take my hat off to Nick Conroy for being able to do that.
There are nineteen poems in the book and I’ve been trying to think which is my favourite and the one that stands out, that I remember clearly is For Mum, although they are all filled with emotion this is the one that I felt the most.
Yes I was pleasant surprised by this collection of poems and I look forward to reading more from Nick Conroy in the future.
About the author
Nick Conroy is currently studying for a Master’s in English at the University of Hull. Poetry has always beenat the centre of his passion as a writer, and sincechildhood he’s enjoyed spoken word.
He was published in the Poetry Rivals “Whispers in the Wind” anthology in 2009 with a shortlisted poem, and won a couple of small competitions while still at school. Performance poetry, he feels, can capture a crowd and create an atmosphere – which he finds addictive.
Nick moved to Hull in 2014, with an understanding that the city is still revered for its poets. He wanted to immerse himself in the culture of poetry in such a uniquely beautiful, historic place. He senses something haunting and intoxicating about Hull, and the community of writing that it holds in high regard. There are countless opportunities for emerging writers to stamp their mark on the scene, and he knew he couldn’t sit back and keep his poetry to himself.
Performing at open mic events such as Away with Words, he was able to get himself heard by a wider audience. He has so far performed twice for the BBC Humberside ‘Contains Strong Language’ festival.
GHOSTS is his first collection of poems, which should ideally be read aloud.