Book Review. Shh, Purely Poetry, by Marjorie Mallon.

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This week’s review is of a new book from someone who has become one of my favourite poets.

Shh, Purely Poetry is a compilation of sensual, love and relationship poems.


When I saw the subject, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this collection. But I’ve enjoyed the author’s previous work so I gave it a go.

I’m pleased to say that I’m glad I read it. It’s a fascinating collection of poetry, playful, evocative and very cleverly written. It worked its magic on this not-very-romantic person.


Find my review at the end of this post.


Here’s the description, from the book’s Amazon description page.

Shh, Purely Poetry is a collection of poetic pieces about love, sensuality and relationships with sections entitled: love as fuel, (food and coffee love,) the summer and winter of love, strangers in love, quirky aspects and nature as sensuality.

Inspired in part by daily prompt poems written for the 365poetrypromptchallenge, observations of places, people and my travels.



Get your copy with this link.


About the author.


M J Mallon was born in Lion city Singapore, a passionate Scorpio with the Chinese Zodiac sign of a lucky rabbit.

She spent her early childhood in Hong Kong. During her teen years, she returned to her father’s childhood home, Edinburgh where she spent many happy years, entertained and enthralled by her parents’ vivid stories of living and working abroad. Perhaps it was during these formative years that her love of storytelling began bolstered by these vivid raconteurs. She counts herself lucky to have travelled to many far-flung destinations and this early wanderlust has fuelled her present desire to emigrate abroad.

Until that wondrous moment, it’s rumoured that she lives sometimes in the UK, and oftentimes in Portugal… Her two enchanting daughters have flown the nest but often return with a cheery smile to greet her. Her motto is to always do what you love, stay true to your heart’s desires, and inspire others to do so too.


Linktree Link

https://linktr.ee/mjmallonauthor


Other poetry/flash fiction collections:

Kyrosmagica Publishing

The Hedge Witch And The Musical Poet

https://books2read.com/u/mv1OeV

Mr. Sagittarius Poetry and Prose

http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius

Anthology – This Is Lockdown, (poetry, diaries and flash fiction – kindle)

http://mybook.to/Thisislockdown

Poetry during Lockdown – Lockdown Innit

 http://mybook.to/Lockdowninnit

Poetry also features in my highly acclaimed YA Fantasy series.  Each chapter begins with a short poem. The Curse of Time Book 1 Bloodstone and Book 2 Golden Healer are published by Next Chapter Publishing.

https://www.nextchapter.pub/books/bloodstone

https://www.nextchapter.pub/books/golden-healer

https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/mj-mallon


My thoughts.


Well, where do I start?

The author paints a picture in every poem, cleverly intermixing themes and providing a running commentary on aspects of love as part of life.

With sections called LOVE IS FUEL, THE SUMMER & WINTER OF LOVE, LOST LOVE/DISCOVERING LOVE, LOVE, LIFE, WAR & FORGIVENESS, STRANGERS IN LOVE, QUIRKY! and SENSUAL SIGHS, there really is something for every mood, every stage of love, seduction and sensuality.

The wordplay is deft and draws on powerful imagery, like this, from Breakfast Nibbles,

Avocado spread on toast,
Like her bikini, green, shiny,
lush,
Skimpy but oh so satisfying!

or this, from Punk Music Babe,

bold eyes blink in shadows,
saucy salmon pink arch of eyebrows,
her unreal
luscious look
excites me.

There are so many other great examples, but I can’t show them all. Get a copy, you won’t be disappointed.

Get your copy with this link.


This volume is recommended for anyone who likes to be taken on an exploration of the beauty, joy and exhilaration that can be found in relationships.



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5 Responses

  1. Marje

    Thank you for reading and reviewing Richard so glad you enjoyed! I appreciate the share on your blog too. A different collection but one I enjoyed writing.

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