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Review of The Agister’s Experiment by Gill Learner

The Poetry Book Society Bulletin, review of The Agister’s Experiment by Gill Learner

“This first collection from Gill Learner displays a confidence usually seen in a much more experienced poet, though Learner herself has been widely feted, having been published in Poetry News, Acumen, Envoi, Orbis, Smiths Knoll and Tears in the Fence among many others. The poems here fizz and crackle while exploring the vast range of humanity – they are by turns funny, chilling and angry, but are all diverse in form and content. A strong sense of loss pervades these poems, too, and this nostalgia for times past, reflected in poems about motherhood and legends retold, leave a lasting impression on the reader in this excellent debut.”