Review of ‘Where Flora Sings’ by Margaret Royall

Nigel Kent - Poet

In Margaret Royall’s Where Flora Sings her love of nature shines through on every page and the reader cannot help but share her delight through such beautifully observed, life-affirming poems. Though she acknowledges that life can be hard, there is an unwavering optimism and faith in these poems. Age isn’t to be feared but to be valued and admired; nostalgia isn’t melancholic but comforting; to grieve is to have loved; and death is a precursor to resurrection

The first section is entitled Flower Power/People Power. The poems in this section explore the capacity of flowers to elicit memories of the past, so that the observer can relive the feelings of those times. In Buttercup the simple flower is imbued with happy memories of her loving relationship with her mother; for the male subject of the Marigold the flower invokes the pain of unrequited love; in Lady with Lavender Aura

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