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on 3 April 2007
Definitely the book to reach for in those self-indulgent moments after your heart has been broken, Cassian is the master at gut-wrenching pain.

Perhaps unusually for a female poet, Cassian seems to speak to men as much as she does to women.

With imagery like "your shoulder blades will ache for the want of wings" from Temptation, or the equally wonderful Rainmaker:

"Your arms pour down my body,

Your eyes rinse my throat.."

Cassian's work is accessible, visceral and immediate, which makes it perfect for people who don't read poetry.
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