Book Review: Being With Me Will Help You Learn by Thomas McColl

I reviewed Thomas McColl’s full length collection for Three Drops, and it was wonderful!

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Being With Me Will Help You Learn by Thomas McColl

[Reviewed by Caroline Hardaker]

‘Being With Me Will Help You Learn’ is a truly eclectic collection of poetry, poetic prose, and short stories by Thomas McColl. McColl’s fictions have been widely published in contemporary journals, magazines, and anthologies, and this particular collection includes some of McColl’s published pieces from 1995 onwards. This collection is the first to be published by Listen Softly London, a fledgling press based in London, and it seems to have been a very good start for them!

The pieces in the collection flit between gritty realism and dystopian fantasy, fluctuating frequently between written forms. A reader can be thrust from a short lyrical poem to a gripping and urgently delivered new-report, giving the sense of a chaotic world spiralling out of control. There’s such a range that though all of the poems…

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