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- Publisher: SEREN
- Format: Paperback | 64 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 6mm | 100g
- Publication date: 30 March 2009
- Publication City/Country: Bridgend
- ISBN 10: 1854114662
- ISBN 13: 9781854114662
- Sales rank: 1,219,604
From the first sumptuous poem--featuring a protagonist who, while running at night, thinks of her body as a nocturnal bloom--this collection immerses readers in the compelling voice of Sarah Corbett. The first half of this new volume is devoted to poems that re-create scenes from a youth haunted by trouble, but redeemed by a strong attachment to the beauties of nature, bravely eschewing lightness and irony for a passionate and intensely physical response to life. The latter half moves away from personal history and focuses on in-depth and often scary narratives of other lives, while closely identifying with survivors of trauma. In the long poem "Testimony" she inhabits the voice of a woman at the center of the murder investigation in which her partner was killed. Another sequence, "Cuttings," weaves a week's worth of international press clippings together, thereby creating an alternately horrible, sad, funny, and odd tapestry of events.
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Sarah Corbett was educated at the Universities of Leeds and East Anglia. She is the author of "The Red Wardrobe," which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize, and "The Witch Bag."
"There is, in this powerful first collection, a willingness, perhaps a compulsion to set out from the now familliar world of women's poetry . . . Sarah Corbett is embarking on a courageous journey, a journey into other worlds of 'weird.'" --Gillian Allnut, "Poetry Review"