Nothing wrong with poetry review

Re: “Poetry book review patronizing” Letters June 19-25 2008.

I am unsure why Elise Partridge found reason to complain about Jane Thompson’s review of her work “Chameleon Hours.” I read the review in question and I found it fair objective and enjoyable. I have not had the pleasure (or displeasure) of reading the offending book but I in no way saw Thompson’s review as condescending or patronizing. If anything it pointed out some glaring problems with writing a collection so very personal and inaccessible to the everyday reader. I am a big fan of poetry and find honest literary reviews refreshing. If anything Partridge was being immature to attack Thompson on such a personal level and seems unable to benefit from honest criticism.

Kevin Mack