Minsk, Paperback Book
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A POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION Minsk, Lavinia Greenlaw's third collection, was shortlisted for the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Prize, the T.

S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection.

From London Zoo to an Essex village and the Arctic Circle, Greenlaw explores questions of place - the childhood landscapes we leave behind, those we travel towards, and those like 'Minsk' which we believe to be missing from our lives.

Greenlaw's restless, inquisitive tone builds to make Minsk a hypnotic collection from one of the leading poets of her generation.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780571222711



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Deeply unsettling, pushing towards experimental, poetry of place. Some of the experiments (the long poem with all the gods) are mannered and unsuccessful, but others - the Norway sequence, and the London zoo sequence -- are arresting. Not her best, but worth the puzzling out.