‘Play’ is an apt title for Jo Peters’ very impressive and varied first collection. Here is a writer who is as at home with traditional form as she is with free verse. A deep sense of loss underlies the pamphlet and is beautifully handled in poems which are moving but also playful. Peters is particularly good at surprising endings. Here are poems about a Catholic upbringing, music, art, love, sheep, teaching, sex, family – everything from nuns to online dating – and throughout the poet’s strong, warm voice holds the reader’s attention. It left me wanting more. A really lovely book.