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Review: Twenty Four Preludes and Fugues on Dmitri Shostakovich, by Joanna Boulter

Joanna Boulter's quiet and lovely poems that hymn (for she can sing) the life and music of Shostakovich are an excellent experience. I always quail a bit when I hear that a book of poetry is well 'researched'; for there is a great difference between the scholarly mind and the poetic. But I need not have worried: by whatever steps Joanna Boulter has come to her subject, it is all wrapped up in the cling film of poetry and, like I say, it sings. The refrain, the repetition, the da capo are her particular phonic attributes; she also rhymes well and unobtrusively... A book to be warmly recommended.