By Brandy Schwan

Reviewed by Garry Charles

As everyone is fully aware I have a high level of respect for anyone who can master the art of poetic prose. With this in mind I can honestly say that I love Brandy Schwan.

In a modern world--where poetry is either bastardised or forced to tell a coherent story--Brandy has not only mastered the art, she has embraced it, taken it as her lover and the result of this mystic love affair is a host of children in the form of the written word.

Grim Trixter is a collection of Brandy's work, split into three distinctive sections. We open with Dark Erotica, a selection of prose that does so much more than arouse. Brandy cleverly manipulates her work in such a way that a poem about sex can just as easily be read as a description of battle.

In fact all of Brandy's work is unique in how each poem can be affected by the current mood of the reader. Each new reading sees the words in an entirely new light and, most times, in a stark contrast to the previous experience. This one of a kind talent makes repeated reading an absolute pleasure.

The same can be said for the Dark Fantasy and the Horror sections that complete this collection. Every poem has hidden secrets just waiting to be uncovered, new meaning awaiting the reader when they venture back between the pages.

This is a collection that anyone with an interest in poetry should read, it really is that good. Brandy Schwan uses words to evoke emotions the reader didn't even realise they had and she does so with an ease of style that will amaze.

Just before I leave you I must add that I am a firm believer that poetry can only be truly experienced when read out loud by the creator. Well, Brandy has a treat for us all. If you visit her myspace page you can sit and melt within the velvet envelopment of her voice as she brings her words to life.

Grim Trixter by Brandy Schwan. Available from Apex Publications in various formats or from other online outlets, including Amazon UK as a 76pp tpb for £4.75 (ex P&P).

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