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Birds With A Broken Wing, Paperback / softback Book

Birds With A Broken Wing Paperback / softback

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Adam Thorpe's fifth collection finds purpose in the discarded, the secretive, the failed.

Juxtaposing creation and destruction, hope and grief - a small boy deep down a lead mine; an unlit, nocturnal path set against the 'insomniac' motorway; industrialised apples against wrinkled windfalls - his poems argue for bewilderment and 'the slight bruise of doubt'.

Whether walking an abandoned road or considering a friend's suicide, his poems remind us of our abdications, of our collapsed relationships with nature, with history, with ourselves. There are, however, all the vestiges of connective tissue - memories and mementoes, sudden, miraculous leaps of beauty.

The book is full of such traces, delicate and fugitive: the poet's grandmother retrieved through her ninety-year-old bookmark of rose petals; the unvoiced suggestion of his mother's voice on an answerphone; the memory of a vanished native chief in a Canadian mountain's shadow...

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780224079440

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