According to the seventeenth-century herbarium The Garden of Eden, a 'missel-child' is a mysterious being found beneath a mistletoe-covered tree - a changeling, perhaps, 'whereof many strange things are conceived'.
Helen Tookey's first full collection of poems starts from the missel-child to explore archaeologies of identity, place and language.
She is a formally inventive writer, using collage and syllabics, exploring elegy and myth.
The poems in this book create a space in which language enables something to be said and also to be shown.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 71 pages
- Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/01/2014
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781847772183
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