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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (10 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852248459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852248451
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,467,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Direct, searing, and very, very truthful. --Bonnie Greer

Sally Read's first collection is a marvellous book, bringing together poignant and lyrical meditations on love, mortality, art, healing and the Italian landscape in poems of fine judgement and a true poet's skill. The Point of Splitting marks the debut of an accomplished writer, not only one to watch, but one to read now, for her wit, craft, and clear vision. --John Burnside

Read defines herself by her risks…There is real pleasure in the disparity between her light lyric touch and the menacing and/or visceral description she frequently employs. --Kathyrn Gray, Magma

Sally Read's first collection is a marvellous book, bringing together poignant and lyrical meditations on love, mortality, art, healing and the Italian landscape in poems of fine judgement and a true poet's skill. The Point of Splitting marks the debut of an accomplished writer, not only one to watch, but one to read now, for her wit, craft, and clear vision. --John Burnside

Read defines herself by her risks…There is real pleasure in the disparity between her light lyric touch and the menacing and/or visceral description she frequently employs. --Kathyrn Gray, Magma

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Sally Read was born in Suffolk in 1971. She trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse in London while completing a BA with the Open University, and went on to earn her Master of Arts at the University of South Dakota, USA. She has since taught English in both London and Sardinia, and divides her time between Italy and Suffolk. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2001. Her two poetry collections with Bloodaxe are The Point of Splitting (2005), which was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize, and Broken Sleep. (2009).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Parker on 22 May 2009
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Sally Read puts other contemporary female poets in the shade. She is laureate in waiting. Her poems are rich and unsettling in their profound beauty and understated formal knowing. She is utterly aware of everything to the 'Meta-level' of what it is to be aware. But gentle and understated in a way that we can learn from her. To read her poems is like learning from a beautiful landscape or profound emotion. Like with artists' and children, it is almost impossible to paint a baby well; it is the same with poetry, especially when the child is your own. Read has cracked this nut. With simple gestures she shows us what it is to inhabit motherhood and femininity. Anyone who has a baby or wants one must buy this book to believe something remarkable even more so. In the "The Lullaby Hours" she writes: 'And the way you look at me,/as the drink gathers... It sees, soberly past all/my fragile edges. Like a lover's eyes./Or rather, a lover's like yours.'
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Focusing on the relationship between mother and newborn child in the first half, and the fear of loss in the second 13 Oct 2009
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Motherhood is one of the most inspirational experiences of one's life. "Broken Sleep" is the second collection of poetry from Sally Read, focusing on the relationship between mother and newborn child in the first half, and the fear of loss in the second. A fine and varied collection of work, "Broken Sleep" is a solid addition to many poetry collections. "The Belly": Six months gone, a succession/of diamond crazes my navel:/each growth-spurt snagging/its mark, like the rings of a tree.//Your father enfolds me from behind,/I would have you always like this./When his fingers trace the bump's/topography of silver rivulets//you thrash and fling yourself up/like a muscular fish./And his face -/a man whose hand falls through glass/as he reaches into a mirror.
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