Fore and aft of these sequences are some poems that are more directly reflective. 'Marriage' is the familiar here - or at least the otherness of daughterhood, motherhood and being a lover. 'Beginners', it is suggested, is what we remain.
These poems are wise, unillusioned and generous, reminding us that 'each morning/the fat eye of love/ winks back'. The poetry throughout has a confident grasp of telling images, and of tonal and rhythmical tact.