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The Butcher's Hands [Paperback]

Catherine Smith


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1 Oct 2003
Catherine Smith writes narratives of alienation, engaging with dream, nightmare and the surreal, peopled by characters at the edge and sometimes beyond the edge.

Intense and even at times grotesque (the pages are littered with obsessives, a vampire, the ghost of a jealous wife, ‘Charades’ with an s & m subtext) her poetry is always convincingly well-observed, imaginative and ultimately lifeaffirming.

The Butcher’s Hands shows a coherence and sureness of purpose. The cumulative effect is disturbing, full of black humour permeated with images of loss.


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Smith/Doorstop Books; First Edition edition (1 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902382609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902382609
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine Smith’s a fierce talent, equally at home with intimacy and oddballs -- Ian McMillan

Full of salt, bitter tea and thin blue breast milk; wet hair, yellow skin and bad breath. -- Artscene, December 03

Her scary, unsettling voice seems unexpected in poetry. It cuts her free of the crowd -- The Times

Her scary, unsettling voice seems unexpected in poetry. It cuts her free of the crowd. -- The Times, June 13, 2001

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The Butcher's Hands received a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Catherine Smith has been selected by Mslexia magazine as one of the best ten women poets to have been published in the past ten years.


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