The Same Inside


‘The Same Inside’ is a collection of poems that seeks to enable the reader to recognise experiences and feelings.

The narrator of ‘Jia-Wen’s Dragons‘ by Matt Goodfellow, offers that ‘somewhere deep/ in the distance of my dreams/ I fire-danced with dragons‘, when a classmate’s grandfather visits his class.

The determination to apologise, despite the Headteacher’s pronouncement on name calling, is considered in Roger Stevens, ‘I’m Sorry‘. I was that narrator, lying in bed, worrying about the effect of ill considered words.

Liz Brownlee’s ‘Differences of Opinion‘ shares the preferences and differences between two friends in quick, accessible couplets.

The three poets contribute powerful, subtle, varied and approachable poems. ‘The Same Inside‘ is a strong collection. ‘The Same Inside’ is recommended for class or home, but especially for the reader, seeking solace and confirmation.

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The Same Inside

Poems about Empathy and Friendship

Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens

(Pan Macmillan)

The Same Inside is a poetry collection focusing on themes of empathy and friendship. Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens offer considered, sensitive poems to share. It seems that this title is an ideal choice to share. What’s more, there is a real sense that the writers considered the themes over some time, so that streams within the themes are contemplated. Therefore some of subjects or views jar, or hurt. Then again, there are poems here that make us happy and hopeful. What’s more, it’s obvious that the poets collaborated on the formation of the book, from the way it’s shaped, to the progression of themes.
Bookwagon suggests that this title would be an ideal shelf mate to Matt Goodfellow’s Bright Bursts of Colour or, thereafter, Roger McGough’s Happy Poems. What’s more, we recommend that The Same Inside might be included within a reading aloud selection. It seems these poems urge feedback and response. Then again, this title, within a classroom or home bookshelf, is a recommended route toward empathy, a feeling of not being alone. Bookwagon loves and recommends The Same Inside. We suggest it is an essential title for home or school.


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