Lip Reading by Fiona Ritchie Walker,
It's the tingle of a first kiss, the sizzle of a lit match,
the taste of butter. Better then pistachios or red wine,
on a par with good coffee, that first sip.
It sings like a hymn, strikes a chord,
races up and down my xylophone spine,
lingers on lips, flavouring all the ever afters.
A good poem surpasses sex,
is even better than eating chocolate.
"Lip Reading is engaging and pick-up-able... reassuringly postcard-sized - neither too worthy and intellectual-looking nor (the other danger) too "dumbed-down" ... deliciousness that works for the reader ... It made me think of that entry in Virginia Woolf's diary about "making sense of haddock" .... very inspiring series."
"Reading Fiona's poetry is to taste the pleasure of words, hear the landscapes she's visited. A delicate yet vivid invitation to the senses."