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Tilt (Cape Poetry) [Kindle Edition]

Jean Sprackland
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Jean Sprackland's third collection describes a world in free-fall. Chaos and calamity are at our shoulder, in the shape of fire and flood, ice-storm and hurricane; trains stand still, zoos are abandoned, migrating birds lose their way - all surfaces are unreliable, all territories unmapped.



These are poems that explore the ambivalence and dark unease of slippage and collapse, but they also carry a powerful sense of the miraculous made manifest amongst the ordinary: the mating of natterjack toads, ice on the beach ('dream stuff, with its own internal acoustic') or 'the fund of life' in a used contraceptive. Bracken may run wild across the planet 'waiting for the moment/to pounce on the accident/of the discarded match' but there are also the significant wonders of children and the natural beauty of the world they've inherited. Tilt is a collection of raw, distressed and beautiful poems, a hymn to the remarkable survival of things in the face of threat - for every degradation an epiphany, for every drowning a birth.

About the Author

Jean Sprackland's first collection of poetry, Tattoos for Mothers Day was shortlisted for the Forward First Book Award in 1999. Her second collection, Hard Water, was published by Cape in 2003 and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and the Whitbread Poetry Award. In 2004 Jean Sprackland was named by the Poetry Book Society as one of the 'Next Generation' poets. She lives in Southport.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 110 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0224080865
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (15 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C055AO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #230,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five start rating for 'Tilt' 26 May 2009
Format:Paperback
I loved 'Tilt'! Such rare, elegant writing. The poems are accessible, and profound. The title sequence of poems is truly haunting.

The black book cover and inside pages are genius. It makes the book feel like a slab of high quality, finely milled dark chocolate - the poems are the literary equivalent.

Highly recommended!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Diluted Air 25 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
I was recommended this poets work and enthusiastically sought out a copy, but sadly I found the poems pale and slight, without complexity and too obvious for my taste. Imagery was tired and not original, as if I'd seen it all before and executed better by others. Very disappointing.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where has the music gone? 8 Feb 2011
By SRS
Format:Paperback
I bought this collection on the strength of having owned, read and enjoyed Sprackland's previous collection, Hard Water. The poems in that collection really struck a chord in the fact that they were precise, musical in a way that is very subtle, and filled to the point of bursting with poetic tension. Each image was cleanly cut and crystalline, every poem feeling as though it had something significant to say.

In Tilt however, Sprackland seems to have lost all that is good about her work. The sparing, sparkling music is gone, replaced by plain, dull and overly simplistic descriptions; the tension has been swapped for a straining to make something innocuous sound significant. This, I'm afraid, is a pale shadow of Sprackland's former work.
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