- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd (25 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847771181
- ISBN-13: 978-1847771186
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 0.8 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,126,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Brackenbury loves, lives, hymns and rhymes the natural world and its people like no other poet.' --Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales
'Alison Brackenbury's poetry might walk the old ways, in its gracefully contained rhymed forms and in the country life and landscape it describes, but its sensibility is acute and present even when part of that presence is the past.' --Philip Gross
'The delicate particularity [...] of her style chimes with that of the world. [...] One hopes that Brackenbury's kind of distinctive formal sensibility won't disappear any time soon.' --Vidyan Ravinthiran, Poetry London
About the Author
Alison Brackenbury was born in Lincolnshire in 1953 and studied at Oxford. She now lives in Gloucestershire, where she worked for many years as a director and manual worker, in the family metal finishing business. Her Carcanet collections include Dreams of Power (1981), Breaking Ground (1984), Christmas Roses (1988), Selected Poems (1991), 1829 (1995), After Beethoven (2000) and Bricks and Ballads (2004). Her poems have been included on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and 1829 was produced by Julian May for Radio 3. Her work recently won a Cholmondeley Award. Her previous collection, Singing in the Dark (2008) was praised as 'A quiet lyricism and delight' (the Guardian).
Top Customer Reviews
Brackenbury uses the monosyllable effectively: 'I rode one horse, the strong bay, with great heart' from After the Funeral, and four lines later the even more telling 'from dazzle of sun which will drink us again'; both these lines benefit from internal rhyme. Then there's 'Oh my black heart', positively the four best words in the collection. But set against those 'How rich and dark was the crumb of cake' - to which topic Brackenbury even devotes an entire poem! She mentions pills three times and calls herself old (Rosie); she's only 59! I thought grandchildren were supposed to keep you young? And I do find the cover (a Guatemalan ritual) more than a tad inappropriate