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A brilliant collection,
This review is from: Black Cat Bone (Paperback)
This is a very good book indeed. No one else writes quite like John Burnside and every poem bears the stamp of his unique style - conjuring up strange yet familiar landscapes and emotional states using deceptively simple language and poetic structures. What perhaps makes this collection special is the way that there are blended echoes of influences as diverse as Robert Frost and Edward Thomas and American Blues singers like Charlie Patten - all in the same poems. Highlights for me are the long opening sequence - an evocative chase through mythical forest and farmland - and a moving exploration of the meaning of a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.