The 45 poems of Bad Hobby, the new poetry collection by Kathy Fagan, cover a variety of subjects – birds, nature, flowers, weather, handkerchiefs, capitalism, school, and more. As diverse as the subjects are, Fagan returns in almost every poem to the things that matter most – the family and relationships that shape who we are, how we think, what we do, and what we believe.
The poems reflect the understanding that these relationships change over time. Children become adults. Adults grow old. Caregivers become care receivers. Families can grow apart. The father who hoisted you on his shoulders now depends upon you to clip his nails and take him to doctor’s appointments. The friend who taught you the names of the birds is harmed by her father.
To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.