DURA's StAnza 2021 reviews: Shine, Darling

Friday 19 February 2021

One may be surprised to discover that Shine, Darling is Ella Frears’ debut poetry collection. Frears presents an unapologetic front through her straightforward style, favouring lyric poetry as her medium. There is a raw intimacy to perform these experiences, whether it be a near-abduction, a suicide when she was in college, or having sex on bins in Cornwall, Frears will bring the reader into the heart of it all. As she says,

It doesn’t work; otherwise none of this works.

(‘Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity’)


This is an excerpt of a review by Amy Turnbull of Ella Frear's Shine, DarlingFor more information on Frears at StAnza21, please click HERE. To read the whole review, go to the DURA webpage.