SUGAR BUTTIES ON THE DOORSTEP.
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Sugar Butties on the Doorstep by Kath Dodd is a striking collection of poems which capture the memories of a childhood spent in Liverpool during the heady days of the “Mersey Beat”, mods, and the emergence of The Beatles in 50’s and 60’s. These are not, however, simply poems about youthful rebellion and a world on the brink of change but also are gentle reflections on family, childhood games, places long gone. The poetry succeeds in evoking this world without being sentimental or nostalgic and has a personal tone while simultaneously describing the universal pleasures of childhood. Ms. Dodd displays a unique talent which is sure to be appreciated by any reader.
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Nov 2, 2008"Sugar Butties On the Doorstep" I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kath Dodd's book of poems. She shows original style and fine observation which brings Liverpool alive for me.....This is a book of feeling, well written and worth purchasing.
May 23, 2008"Sugar Butties on the Doorstep" “I wrote a poem about my Grandma which opened a door into a long lost world which begged to be explored. 'Grandad' followed and then other family members, the games we played, places we explored around Liverpool, school-life, fashion and music, as well as the day to day events of family life. The pages provide a patchwork of life as I perceived it as a small child.” –Kath Dodd Sugar Butties on the Doorstep is poetry full of the delights and confusion of childhood, a re-creation of the heady days of youth. Liverpool in the 50’s and 60’s was at the cusp of an emerging youth culture which would soon energize and change the world. The United Kingdom was recovering from the physical and human devastation of WWII and the British Empire was fading into history. Mods and rockers clashed in the streets. The pulsating sound of the Mersey Beat filled Liverpool’s basement clubs and would soon find bands like The Beatles changing the world of pop music.... More > British fashion brought us collarless suits and shaggy long hair for men and mini skirts with high boots for women. This was the world of Kath Dodd’s childhood, lovingly and skillfully captured in this collection of poems. Dodd reflects on the quietly born sorrows of the older generation who had suffered through the war as well as the games played by children in the playgrounds of Liverpool with such evocative power one can hear not only the boisterous shouts of the footballers but also sense also the anxiety of the smaller, more timid children. A literary time machine, Dodd’s poetry brings a subtle and humorous commentary to changing tastes in fashion and music, conjuring up images of the kaleidoscopic colors and forms of psychedlia in a time when families didn’t have telephones in their homes, when people shopped in local grocery stores, and when the world seemed less hurried, less anxious. What others have to say about Sugar Butties on the Doorstep: “. . . like a silent film in my mind. Made me think of playing dress-up as a child and whirling around the room with friends. . . ” -Petticoats “. . . words have an unhurried quality, breathing life into those of whom she writes and the sort of unhurried lives they lived. . . ” -Queues “. . . no pretensions, just blissful memories. . . ” -Tadpoles< Less
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- KATH DODD
- March 8, 2007
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.3 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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