thoroughly researched and utterly compelling collection, which traces the
genesis, deployment and after-effects of atomic weapons, brings into the
light their appalling consequences and equally appalling denials of those
consequences by the authorities. Lucid, vivid, with deft and well-judged
shifts of tone, these poems are by turns angry, poignant, horrifying and
even at times - as in the poem where the Statue of Liberty gives voice -
darkly humorous. They are never less than deeply compassionate and humane.
This collection is not comforting, but it is urgently necessary reading. -
A C Clarke
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Los Alamos to Christmas Island:
Atomic Age in poetry
photographs by Sapper Billy Wayne
the different sections, the whole impact. I still think Les Fleurs
d'Azur is one of the most outstanding poems I've ever read. - Mandy
brought to my attention many facts I had not been previously aware of or
not in such damning detail despite being a longstanding member of SCND. -
A C Clarke
excuses are needed: buy this collection; savour and re-read it; share it;
champion it, and let it help to shape for good the wider world.
- Roger Elkin
the characterisation of different voices, Jocelyn Simms brings man's
disregard of humanity to the fore. Through her poetry she reports the
lasting damage done to life in the development and use of atomic weapons.
Her graphic telling in Tickling the Dragon makes us face
the demons, where '...there are no corpses in the city', and brings to
life the human cost in Les Fleurs d'Azur.
its very core, this sequence is a powerful reminder of what it means to
take the wrong path. It is written with flair and daring, a brave
catalogue of truth from an accomplished and sensitive poet.