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Review : Poetry ~ Tasting Words, Hearing Colours by Sue Johnson

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Paperback: 60 pages
Publisher: Indigo Dreams Publishing (17 Nov. 2014)
ISBN-10: 190935760X
ISBN-13: 978-1909357600

Sue Johnson’s collection Tasting Words, Hearing Colours contains incisive poetry through a synaesthetic perception. Unique and captivating in nature, these poems will appeal to all lovers of contemporary poetry at its very best.


When I asked Sue Johnson why she thought poetry was important in my interview with her in May 2015, her response was:

An element of poetry is important – whatever you write. It certainly encourages me to use the senses and a touch of poetic description can bring settings and characters to life in a novel.

Reading through the collection of poems in Tasting Words, Hearing Colours, I found it very easy to visual the settings.  Sue really does use words with such elegance and beauty.  I was transported there instantly.

Each poem tells a story linked with emotion whether that is in a mystical way, with a memory or with reference to the stages we go through in life.

For me the poems highlighted how important smells are for bringing our own memories to the surface and talking about surface, there is another layer of meaning beneath some of the words.

I can’t even imagine what it was like as a child to live in a world where words have a taste (Synaesthesia).  One of the poems begins:

I am an alien.

I am sure Sue must have learnt how to hide the taste of words to try to fit in.  Such a rare (but fascinating) neurological phenomena to have as a part of who you are.

My only complaint is that Tasting Words, Hearing Colours isn’t long enough at 60 pages.

To find out more about Sue’s poetry writing, check out the interview I mentioned at the beginning.

Connect with Sue



Twitter – @SueJohnson9

Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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