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This is a collection in search of origins, a kind of 'delving', 'trying to get to the bottom of it'. In a series of unsettling prose poems Black offers pieces of a fractured past. The effect is memorable and often menacing, each poem glinting like a sliver from a broken mirror; language enacting the struggle to retrieve and reassemble an unauthorised past. The difficulties of truth finding and telling are explored through shifts in identity and a syntax of qualifications and hesitations where everyday phrases take on a new and frightening resonance. Domestic objects and rituals loom large in the distorted reflections of the poems, conveying a sense of wonderland gone wrong.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 4mm | 113g
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1848611706
  • 9781848611702
  • 3,538,654

About Linda Black

Linda Black studied at Leeds Art College, Goldsmiths and the Slade School. She ran Apollo Etching Studio in London and has exhibited widely. Her poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, most recently I am Twenty People! (Enitharmon, 2007). She was the recipient of the 2004/5 Poetry School Scholarship and a pamphlet of her work, The beating of wings (Hearing Eye, 2006) was the PBS Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2007. She was the winner of the 2006 New Writing Ventures Award for poetry. 'Root' is her second collection from Shearsman, following 'Inventory' (2008).
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