Birds with a Broken Wing
By (author) Adam Thorpe
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Birds with a Broken Wing by Adam Thorpe
Book DescriptionAdam 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780224079440
(198mm x 132mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 17-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Adam Thorpe
Adam Thorpe was born in Paris in 1956. His first novel, Ulverton, was published in 1992 and reissued in Vintage Classics, and he has published two books of stories and six poetry collections - most recently Voluntary.
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