This is the eagerly-awaited second collection by this lively and popular poet. With warmth, flair and a certain ferocious wit, Katrina Naomi tears into her subject matter: a childhood fraught with dislocation and violence but also redeemed by more tender memories of a sister and a kindly, although at times comically obtuse, grandmother.
In the first half we meet the family which also includes: an often glamorous mother, a truly scary stepfather and the sort of relatives where one can expect fistfights to erupt at family weddings. The second half of the book is informed by the tragi-comic events of the first and includes: a bleak hotel, an attempted rape and a description of the sadistic relish with which the Kray twins dispatched their victims. The Way the Crocodile Taught Me will delight people who know Naomi s work and undoubtedly win new fans for her courageous and unabashedly entertaining poems.
Katrina appeared at our very first Verve in 2017, performing wonderfully and running a workshop. She also went on to publish the pamphlet, Typhoon Etiqeutte, with Verve Poetry Press two years later! Needless to say, we are BIG fans!
Date: 14th April 2016
Extent: 72 pp