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A Sarah’s Vignettes Book Review: Yield by Claire Dyer | @ClaireDyer1 | @TwoRiversPress #BlogTour #Yieldpoetry

I am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Yield, the third collections of poems from poet and author Claire Dyer.

My thanks to Two Rivers Press for inviting me to take part in the tour and for sending me a copy of the book in return for my honest review.

Before I share my thoughts with you, here is what Yield is about.

~ From the back of the book ~

Three definitions of the word Yield give meaning to the odyssey undergone in Claire Dyer’s third collection: a journey which sees a son become a daughter, and a mother a poet for both of them. Charting these transitions, the poems take us through territories known and familiar – landscapes of childhood, family and home – into further regions where inner lives alter, outer ones are reimagined.

Whether evoking clinic visits, throwing away old boyhood clothes, grieving over what’s lost, these honest and unashamed poems build to celebrate that place at the heart of motherhood where gender is no differentiator and love the gain.

~ My thoughts ~

Wow…Yield something else…Gosh, I don’t know where to begin with talking about my experiences from reading the poems in Claire Dyer’s latest collection. It’s rare an author and their work can leave me speechless, but Clare Dyer has done so…again!

I first came across Claire Dyer’s writing when I read her novel The Last Day (an intelligent and compelling story about life, love, loss, and relationships, as well as a clever observation of human nature). I remember thinking about how poetic and melodic her prose was. And being utterly in awe of her writing. I have experienced that again with Yield.

Through this collection, Claire Dyer lays her thoughts bare on transitioning from being a mother to a son to that of a daughter. Each poem is entirely unique, yet read together tell a story, and I feel I have been on a journey too. I think I will need to read the poems a few more times to fully appreciate them and the messages they are conveying. 

Yield is emotional, raw, greatly observed – Claire Dyer has a real knack for expressing human behaviour in situations – and most of all, honest.

~ Where to find Yield ~

Yield by Claire Dyer was published in on 21 February 2021. You can order it from all good bookshops and from (affiliate link).

~ About Claire Dyer ~

As well as being a successful published poet and novelist, Claire Dyer teaches creative writing and curates Poets’ Café, Reading’s longest-running poetry platform on behalf of The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza. She is also a regular Radio Reads contributor on BBC Radio Berkshire. Her website is

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