I came across Hollie McNish when a friend posted a poem of hers on Facebook about breastfeeding

Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye out for her work and I’m hooked!

I have a slightly unresolved relationship with poetry, on the one hand it ticks all of the boxes under Things I Like About Language – precision, rhythm, mouthfeel and cadence. On the other hand, I sometimes find it’s too self-conscious and I don’t tend to search it out as reading material.

But now that I think about it, it may be like my mother’s infamous coriander/cilantro difficulty* and a change of intellectual bias is all it takes.

If you’re not a fan of receiving information by video,  here is a chance to read one of Hollie’s poems yourself.

*She likes coriander but not cilantro.