The Girl in the Purple Room


Worth reading 😎

Baird undeniably showcases his talent for writing dark, psychological short stories.

The eponymous piece of this collection is its crowning glory and it left me wishing Baird had written a collection of short stories rather than poetry. This short piece immediately transports the reader into a twilight zone between reality and distortion. The end is utterly bizarre but in a way which shows where Baird’s talent truly lies. His style his unique and original.

Unfortunately, this flare does not permeate the collection as a whole. The poetry itself is pedestrian - never moving beyond the surface. The images lack substance and the originality which flows throughout ‘The Girl in the Purple Room’. Consequently, the majority of this collection is cliched and fails to elicit any reaction at times from its reader. I found much of it forgettable, bar the final, eponymous tale.

Thus, I still believe Baird’s collection is worth reading for this reason. There is no denying the talent which bubbles beneath the surface and I hope that the future brings a short story collection from Baird; preferably one which is just as dark and as psychological as 'The Girl in the Purple Room'.

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I am an English teacher and a writer. I published my first poetry collection, Between the Trees, in May 2019. I read widely and avidly and review through Reedsy Discovery, Amazon Vine and individual review requests. All reviews are published on Amazon, Goodreads and my blog - My Screaming Twenties.

The Girl in the Purple Room

About the author

Currently, I am a chef in NYC. Being almost all consumed by the beast of the culinary world, I find small tidbits of time to write poetry and short stories. view profile

Published on February 04, 2020

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Genre: Poetry

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