LOVE & CITY DREAMING
Before she died in July, 2004, Margaret had envisaged a second anthology of her poetry to follow, "Song of the Wayward Wind". She planned to call this collection, "Face of the City".
I fully intended to follow her plan until I found four or five earlier versions of this poem among her papers – all of which I preferred to the final edit.
Three of them even had different titles. I’ve included all four of these versions in "LOVE & CITY DREAMING". You will not find a great deal of similarity – just an odd line or image here and there.
So we now have, "Face of the City", "City Dreaming", "Blinking into Day", and "Morning Ritual at Mosman Bay". I challenge readers to compile a list of similarities between these four poems. I guarantee you will find very few.
Each of these individual poems has a purpose and point of view that is so well expressed that their unique qualities are dissipated and even lost when they are combined into a single work. Sometimes multiple viewpoints and multiple ideas/themes can work against each other in a poem and produce an unintended jarring or disorienting effect.
Counting limericks and haiku, I make it 98 poems in this collection. I've taken great care to ensure the book is suitable for all ages and even included a delightful children's poem, "Mida, the Spider".
Although the accent is generally on more serious topics, Margaret's humorous verse is also represented. If "The Wiz of Wizzinzee" and "Muzzacoffalox" don't hand you a laugh, nothing will!
Unlike "Song of the Wayward Wind", which reprinted many prize-winning and previously published verses, only three of the 98 poems in "Love & City Dreaming" have previously been published.
Here is a real goldmine of never-before-seen poems by Poet-of-the-Year, Margaret Havill Reid.