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Hard Water
By Jean Sprackland

Hard Water

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Hard Water by Jean Sprackland

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Whitbread Prize (Poetry) 2003.

Book Description

Though firmly rooted in the domestic, natural world, Jean Sprackland's poems are thrilling excursions into the lives that we live alongside our everyday ones: the lives we are aware of in dreams, in grief, in love. She shows us the vertigo and vulnerability of human experience with great clarity and precision, tenderness and care. These are vivid poems full of light and weather and water: a flooded forest, acid rain, an inland tidal wave, an ocean of broken glass; jellyfish washed up on the beach that 'lay like saints/ unharvested, luminous'. There is an arresting imagination at work here, one as relaxed and at home in an alternative world of babies in filing cabinets, light collectors or the visiting dead, as it is in the world we think we know: supermarkets, empty flats, the A580 from Liverpool to Manchester. Lucid, sensuous and informed by an unusually tactile curiosity, the poems in Hard Water mark the assured arrival of an important poet.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224069595
ISBN-10: 0224069594
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 128mm x 7mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Books By Author Jean Sprackland

Sleeping Keys by Jean Sprackland Sleeping Keys, Paperback (September 2013)

Looks back at endings and beginnings: the end of a life, or of a marriage; old homes lived in and left, and new homes discovered. This book explores how the experience of change is painful, disorientating, even catastrophic, but also profoundly necessary and revelatory.

Strands by Jean Sprackland Strands, Paperback (June 2013)

Describes a year's worth of walking on the ultimate beach: inter-tidal and constantly turning up revelations: mermaid's purses, lugworms, sea potatoes, messages in bottles, buried cars, and a perfect cup from a Cunard liner. This series of meditations was prompted by walking on the wild beaches of Ainsdale Sands between Blackpool and Liverpool.

Tilt by Jean Sprackland Tilt, Paperback (October 2007)

Describes a world in free-fall. This work presents poems that explore the ambivalence and dark unease of slippage and collapse, and they also carry a sense of the miraculous made manifest amongst the ordinary: the mating of natterjack toads, ice on the beach, or 'the fund of life' in a used contraceptive.

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Author Biography - Jean Sprackland

Jean Sprackland is the author of three previous poetry collections - the last of which, Tilt, won the 2007 Costa Poetry Award. She has also published a book of non-fiction, Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach, which won the 2012 Portico Prize. She lives in London.

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