Poetry August – my review of Voices (in the trash) by Frank Prem

What Amazon says

Voices (In The Trash): A Picture Poetry Book by [Frank Prem]

What if they could talk?

What if the objects that catch our eye as we wander down the aisles at the Trash and Treasure Market could tell their own stories?

Frank Prem has heard them.

Voices In The Trash is a conversation with objects and things that exist on another plane, but whose voices are as real as yours and mine.

Join Frank Prem on his listening journey through the Trash and Treasure Market.

Can you hear them speak?

My review

This is a unique picture book featuring photographs the poet has collected from various trash and treasure markets around Australia. Each photograph depicts an unusual item that would be a treasure in the rights hands. These items include inter alia books, a selection of peacock features displayed in a pot, naked ceramic gnomes suspended on wires from the ceiling, a variety of globes of the world, a fortune telling glass fortune telling ball, plastic fruit, wooden vegetables and a selection of paint brushes. Each picture has inspired one of the authors exceptional poems which tell as story about the object.

This is not a book for children but is a collection that will inspire adults, making them see disregarded objects differently and smile at the memories they invoke. Some of the poems are sad, for example the voice of a stuffed toy monkey that is homeless and loveless. Some are reflective such as famous, a strange metal creation reminiscent of a face, maybe CP30. Is that the fame this article thinks about all day? And some are hopeful, like the dress model who is hoping for a last dance.

A fascinating collection that will appeal to lovers of unusual and thought provoking poetry.

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80 thoughts on “Poetry August – my review of Voices (in the trash) by Frank Prem

    1. Thank you Colleen. When I was younger and giving thought to what I believed I was doing with my writing, it often occurred to me that I was scanning the periphery to see what might be happening there – off centre, or off-stage.

      These objects and creatures fit that bill for me, still, I think.

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  1. Reblogged this on Frank Prem Poetry and commented:
    It’s a great pleasure to be able to share with you Robbie CHeadle’s review of Voices (In The Trash).

    It is a greta delight to have been able to (in a way) bring these objects and creatures to life (or to voice, perhaps), and so much more so when I know another someone else has also enjoyed them.

    Pop over to Robbie’s place and check out the review and her own work, with Sir Chocolate and her other writings – both prose and poetry.

    It’s a great visit.

    Liked by 1 person

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