Funny, tender and uncompromising, the exuberant confidence of Alison Flett's poetry is a welcome reminder of the depth and strength of the Scottish women's literary heritage. It is made possible by her perceptive and sensitive response to women poets who have gone before her.
Her wilful adoption of previously male-dominated urban poetic language bridges both male and female traditions. Her work links the ever-growing consciousness of Scottish women, the notable achievements of poets like Ian Hamilton Finlay and Tom Leonard and the social and political struggles of the people.
Readers of magazines and poetry anthologies will be familiar with Flett's work. Described as a latter-day beat poet with a warm and immediate style, it is time she reached a much wider readership.
"Her poems, transcribed in a no-holds-barred Edinburgh vernacular, keep their sharpest punches for the end. This is poetry with a purpose."
Scotland on Sunday
Paperback: 80 pages