Unexpected Weather

Unexpected Weather

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Abi Curtis makes the familiar extraordinary, and the supernatural everyday. In poems about animals and clouds, scientists and circus performers, about love and bean-pods, about bruises and myths and the moments before death, her deft use and playful subversions of form give her verse an exquisite poise between gravity and lightness. Unexpected Weather has surprises on every page: sensuous surfaces upturned with a single word, moments frozen and held up for inspection, riddles, mishearings and tricks of the light. The collection is divided into two parts, each of them named for just such a trick: a mirage and a phosphorescence, the one an illusion, seemingly real, the other quite natural, but spectral and eerie. Both create atmospheric effects no less beautiful for their irreality. They are perfect figures for Curtis's poetry, for her way of conjuring characters, worlds, mythologies and histories out of wisps of experience; but most of all for her delight in metaphor, the medium of condensation and transformation, in which she makes the world limpid, and new.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 80 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 11mm | 231g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • No
  • 1844715655
  • 9781844715657
  • 2,558,693

Table of contents

I: Fata Morgana


Lady Jane Grey


Loom


Death by Lightning


In-betweens


Fata Morgana


Body Baskets


George Gabriel Stokes


Soliloquy of a Molecule


Trapeze Artist


Lupercalia


Hong Kong


Rays


Tantric


Cloud


Hitching


Last Words from the Bluebird


II: Ignis Fatuus


Mole


Tyndall's Flame


Bruise


The Cupboard


Plastic


Lion-Tamer


Poem at the Edge of a Cliff


Bareback Rider


Michelangelo's Meals


The Ghost of the Nature Reserve


Owl Butterfly


The Allotment


Mycelium


Electricity


Humbug


Oz


Roundhouse


Mandibles


Bean
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Review quote

The work delighted me at times, able to capture claustrophobic and breathlessly open experiences, all with a very personal eye, looking at the self in private and social contexts. -- George Ttoouli * Gists and Piths * Curtis never tells you things you already know - she tells you things you are, things you've always felt and have never managed to put into words. It's wondrously satisfying - like being broke then finding a twenty pound note in an old pair of jeans. -- Luke Kennard * Exultations and Difficulties. * Matching Humbug's thematic strength is a structured symmetry and clarity of purpose it would be hard to miss. -- Kate Bingham * Poetry London *
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About Abi Curtis

Abi Curtis's first collection Unexpected Weather was a winner of Salt's Crashaw Prize in 2008. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2004 and holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex. She is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at York St John University.
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4 44% (7)
3 19% (3)
2 12% (2)
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