Review: Wishing for Birds by Elisabeth Hewer

Wishing for Birds is the first poetry collection of British poet Elisabeth Hewer. This review is about the 2016 limited edition release,which features ten additional poems, but my opinion about the original release is the same.


I have been following Elisabeth and her poetry for a while now, and even if I didn’t initially start to follow because of that, I was really glad to discover such a talented poet.

The poetry in this collection is beautiful and a little haunting at times. It can be complex, but most of all it made me think. I love poetry that makes me think, and Wishing for Birds contains so many poems that make me want to pick them apart that reading it is a joy again and again. Furthermore, I was happy to find some of my favourite poems that I already knew included.

If you read Amanda Lovelace’s The Princess Saves Herself In This One and liked it, I highly recommend you read Wishing for Birds as well. They aren’t exactly similar, neither in style, nor in tone, but the  overall quality and the resonance of both collections were similar for me.

Wishing for Birds resonated with me, like few poetry collections have, and whether you’re into mythological themes or into darkly badass life lessons, or maybe something entirely different, there’s a poem in this collection for you.

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

Additional Information


Publication Date: 28 October 2016
Publisher: Platypus Press
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 112
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 9780993532153


Reaching inwards to explore the self; reaching back to explore what made us who we are.

In this collection of sixty poems, Elisabeth Hewer ponders love and the world, whilst tackling the inexplicable desires and dangers that thread through our daily lives.

At times hopeful, at times despairing, her poems ruminate on all the things we comes up against, even if, on occasion, it’s only ourselves.



2 thoughts on “Review: Wishing for Birds by Elisabeth Hewer

  1. oooh I’m intrigued by “darkly badass life lessons”!! That sounds AMAZING. I don’t often read poetry because my brain usually doesn’t quite get it, but this does sound beautiful and I’m so glad you enjoyed it!


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