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Emerald, Paperback / softback Book


An elegy to a lost mother, Emerald is the moving new collection from prize-winning poet Ruth Padel'Here in deep earth, the blackblossom of mourning still sifting within meI remembered that emerald was my birthstone ...'Prize-winning poet Ruth Padel's heartfelt new collection is a grief observed: an elegy for her mother on her death at the age of ninety-seven. Exploring the riches of emerald lore, Padel follows the glint of green - 'green for awakening / for bringing life back from the dead' - from memories of her mother, a naturalist, to the black honeycomb of a Colombian emerald mine and sunset-pink of the Emerald City, Jaipur.

Beneath everything shines the jewel itself, 'the only stone in which the flaws are prized'.

Beautifully carved and cadenced, Emerald is a moving chronicle of value and loss, and a celebration of all that is precious in the life that remains.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781784741075



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