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Selected Poems: 1980-96 (Oxford Poets) Paperback – 7 May 1998

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About the Author Penelope Shuttle lives in Cornwall, England with her poet-husband, Peter Redgrove. Her previous works of poetry include The Child Stealer, Adventures with my Horse, The Lion From Rio, and Taxing the Rain.

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"Like a sigh in silence, the serpent, oh, he dreams me ..." 22 Jan 2012
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This isn't a particularly good time for poets, whose intricate threads of words & flowing blood-songs are often at the invisible margins of the everyday world. Yet for those who want to delve more deeply than the mere shiny surface of things, the work of Penelope Shuttle is both vessel & guide, leading to a universe of wonders, darkness, mysteries, joys.

A British poet, her work tends to deal with both childhood & womanhood, and the ways in which poetry enables us to enter into the places that both mesmerize & frighten us: both the innocence & utter alienness of children, serpents & their ever-twining paths of meaning, menstruation as intimate myth, the emotional undercurrents of weather ...

For example, "Selena" telling us,

The unripe cherry has the unripe bitterness
of the earth's satellite, the scarlet morals of it,
its acid blotches stinging your tongue

Or "Märchen" describing,

Birds that were girls and boys,
bears and foxes that once were men;
girls who crouch in the kitchen ashes,
golden gowns hidden in nutshells,
these cruel and vengeful heroes and heroines

This is seemingly quiet, contemplative poetry at first, but filled with startling images that open like sudden bursts of flowers & linger like sacred wounds. Not for every taste, certainly -- but for those willing to take the journey, most highly recommended!
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