REVIEW by João Morais

NWR Issue 105

My Family and Other Superheroes

by Jonathan Edwards

My Family and Other Superheroes. It might sound like something penned by Simon Armitage, but this moving array of poems about family and experience could only have been written by Jonathan Edwards. I must state a bold claim at the beginning of this review, no matter how stupid it might sound: it is impossible to dislike this collection. It’s a portrayal of family and Valleys life written without judgement. It doesn’t matter, for instance, that the poet’s father’s ‘filming dates’ aren’t quite the same as Google’s on meeting Sophia Loren at Crumlin Viaduct. What comes through more than anything is the warmth and affection Edwards feels towards his family.

And it is Jonathan Edwards and his own family, with all their fault-lines and quirks, that the majority of the poems are about. There is no narrator with a capital N here. This is highly confessional stuff, warts and all if you will – and it is all the better for it.

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