Title: When I Grow Up I Want to Be Mary Beard
By: Megan Beech
Publisher: Burning Eye Books
Megan Beech’s poetry combines the fresh voice of a teenager and the analytic ability of a mature adult. She whizzes from topic to topic like a relentless game of pinball; using her sharp wit as a weapon. As a result her pieces are firey products, swollen with poetic language; as well as operating as a quick-fire list of vital themes.
Beech’s feminist eye looks out over her kingdom of themes, and makes a cohesive collection out of what could have been a disorganised bunch of performance poems. Her poetry pulls on rap music as much as any traditional form of poetry, and this gives Beech’s work more of an impact. Her influences magnify her style, rather than being a lame attempt to reference rap music for the sake of it.
“When I Grow Up I want to be Mary Beard” is the calling card of a talented young woman, who will no doubt continue to grow as a poet and will one day write something truly amazing.