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5.0 out of 5 stars
Black Cat Bone, 3 Dec. 2011
John Burnside is a poet at the height of his powers.
I have most of his work stretching over the last20 years or so, which means I was on the lookout for his new publication. I was not disappointed. I found the opening long poem about a hunted animal and a hunter both though provoking and poignant. He has an ability to create a rural landscape which is founded in reality but moves easily into a profounder realisation
of the possibilities that might lie beyond the surface.
These conserns permeate the rest of the shorter poems in the book.
I finished it with a great deal of satisfaction and will reread soon to explore his vision more deeply