Fear or hatred of poetry
From urban sketches of London and warped love poems to a paean to the Boston Tea Party and a letter to an American in Afghanistan, Metrophobia establishes a poetry that is inventive, quirky and packed with humour.
Stephanie Leal's satirical verses, visual poems and prose chunks gnaw at the edges of pop culture and the everyday. Her language twists and turns in unexpected ways, revealing a bold new writer ready to 'french kiss life square in the mouth'.
"This is a demanding, rewarding, refreshingly iconoclastic and earthy collection of poems for the way we live now."
John Field, Poor Rude Lines
"A searching and resourceful imagination is at work here, seeking new perspectives with vitality and insight."
"Leal [is] playful, experimental, questioning of 'poetry' as a specialised, rarefied state enjoyed only by sensitive types, her poems with a touch of theatre and bravura"