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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

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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