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The Light Trap (Cape Poetry) [Paperback]

John Burnside , Robin Robertson


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18 April 2002 Cape Poetry
As the judges of the Whitbread Prize noted, 'Burnside's poems have the rare power to alter one's perception of the world and of language...a sensory delight with an epiphany on every page.' Once again, in this, his eighth collection of poetry, John Burnside is looking deeply into the ways we see our world: addressing the organic relationship between the environment and the unconscious, between ideas and the creatures, in poems whose protagonists - from the deer who pass through a suburban garden to the poet's six-month-old son - are infinitely mysterious, difficult and 'out there'. These are poems that move beyond the traditional idea of 'nature poetry', investigating the very basis of our knowledge, not only of living things, but of the play of gravity and light that makes our world and theirs possible. Resonant and luminous, this is work of intimacy and wonder from one of Britain's most important poets.

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John Burnside has published seven works of fiction and eleven collections of poetry, including his Selected Poems, published by Cape in 2006. His memoir, A Lie About My Father, was published in the same year to enormous critical acclaim, and was chosen as the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year.

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'Beautiful and lyrical.' -- Daily Mail

'Burnside's poems have the rare power to alter one's perception of the world and of language...' -- Judges of Whitbread Poetry Award 2000

'Dizzyingly beautiful.' -- Daily Telegraph

'If genius is operating anywhere in English poetry at present, I feel it is here, Burnside's singular music.' -- Adam Thorpe

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John Burnside's last collection, The Assylum Dance, was shortlisted for all three major poetry awards in 2001. It went on to win the Whitbread Poetry Award 2000 for best collection.

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