“Tracey Scott Townsend has such a depth of emotion behind her poetry it really touched me. Reading on, I felt exactly the same about the rest of the collection and by the time I got to I was in utter pieces.
Indeed, reading I encountered a range of very profound emotions. made me feel guilty and I was enraged by . But oh my goodness, the sense of loss, of grief and love was almost too much to bear at times, especially in . I also loved the final, uplifting reassertion of identity in the last poem in the collection, .
The quality of Tracey Scott-Townsend’s writing is magnificent. Able to convey the emotions I have referred to, she can also create such vivid images of nature that the reader can picture the shore, a whale, a tern with absolute clarity. She invents compound words that capture perfectly what she is describing and knows exactly when a rhyme or repetition will enhance her message and when to pare down her words to the bare minimum for the greatest effect. Water plays a large part in her writing and her poems reflect its fluidity and ever changing appearance. I thought this was such skilled writing.
I found by Tracey Scott-Townsend an absolute gem of a collection. I fear it will be little known but it deserves to be praised amid the likes of writers like Maya Angelou, Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath. explores everything it means to be a woman, a mother, a lover and a friend. I loved every word.”
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Tracey's novel "The Eliza Doll" tells the story of Ellie's struggle with her past.
"In the midst of a series of family upheavals, Ellie shocks everybody by selling her home and deciding to live in a converted van. She will travel the country selling her handmade dolls at craft fairs. Ellie has two companions: her Labrador, Jack, and the mysterious Eliza who turns up in the most unexpected places. Ellie can’t change the past. But is it really too late to rectify the bad thing she did when Eliza was a baby?"