Red, Cherry Red
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Truthful, soulful and witty poems in this collection explore a theme of identity. Who are we? What reveals us? Is our identity bound up in where we live or in the dreams we hold?
This profound collection offers much for teenagers (especially girls) to relate to and reflect on.
Kay talks in many voices, but most typically her characters are women and Scottish, and from an older generation. They are direct and honest; have frequently lived harsh, isolated lives. These are the people, the poet shows, whose stories have something to reveal to us about identity – not about our individuality, but about our place in humanity.
Hearing Kay’s Glaswegian lilt on the included CD highlights the skilful word play, rhythm and rhyme that infuse these tender, memorable poems.