Looking Good

Looking Good

By Carole Coates

Price: £8.95

ISBN: 1 904886 91 4

Looking Good is Carole Coates’s second collection. Her first, The Goodbye Edition, was published in 2005 and one of its poems is featured in the Forward Book of Poetry 2006. In Looking Good, she examines the experience of anorexia endured as a student at a time when the condition was not diagnosed, discussed or even named.

“A troubled young woman, viewed through the lens of maturity, suffers, grows and emerges as her older and wiser self; a fragile reconciliation is reached. These poems revisit intense experience with painful honesty and wry humour.”
Jean Sprackland

“I like the ease of the literary and historical reference, the sense of learning lightly worn, naturalised in fact to the poetic texture. The poems are free of self-pity and have vitality and energy though dealing with the loss of both. They create a social world and the other ‘characters’ are an important part of this vitality.”
Carol Rumens