Sanctuary by Matthew Sweeney
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Sanctuary by Matthew Sweeney

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In this, Matthew Sweeney's eighth full-length collection, the disarming fabulist and mythmaker steps out on his own into fresh territory. These are poems from a mapless journey through the backwaters of Europe and the New World - imbued, as always, with the strange, unerring logic of dream, but carrying now a new, fugitive, lyrical note. The sanctuary of the title is fragile and hard-won, and the complexities of the emotional life are written into the architecture of the physical, making for a poetry that is both vulnerable and disturbing. Celebrated for his ability to blend the simple terror of folklore with the more sophisticated anxieties of Kafka and the contemporary, Sweeney moves through this book like a revenant - past monkeys dressed as doormen, through ice-hotels and showers of human hair, towards a scaffold or a lover. Obliquely sinister and wryly engaging, full of fright and grim hilarity, these are rootless poems - unsettled and unsettling, and very far from home. A Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224073455
ISBN-10: 0224073451
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 132mm x 7mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Eleventh collection by one of the best-known poets of Britain and Ireland: poems haunted by mortality, by other worlds and far-flung places, by visitations and violent events like the Spanish Inquisition.

Horse Music by Matthew Sweeney Horse Music, Paperback (February 2013)

Matthew Sweeney is one of our best-known poets - with a high profile in both Britain and Ireland - and moves from Cape to Bloodaxe with this collection.

Write Poetry and Get it Published: Teach Yourself by Matthew Sweeney Write Poetry and Get it Published: Teach Yourself, Paperback (April 2010)

Write Poetry - and Get It Published is a new edition of a long-standing and popular guide which offers you plenty of advice and ideas for inspiration as well as practical support for all aspects of the poetry writing and publication process.

Black Moon by Matthew Sweeney Black Moon, Paperback (July 2007)

Negotiating the borders and hinterlands of Central and Eastern Europe - with occasional coracle trips or forays to Antarctica for a round of golf - the homesick flaneur surveys the surrounding devastation with the same mixture of fascination and alarm he feels when he discovers that the sweat-mark on his T-shirt makes a perfect map of Ireland.

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Author Biography - Matthew Sweeney

Matthew Sweeney was born in Donegal. Apart from his poetry, he has written children's fiction and edited three anthologies, Beyond Bedlam (with Ken Smith), Emergency Kit (with Jo Shapcott) and the New Faber Book of Children's Verse. Cape published his Selected Poems in 2002 and Black Moon in 2007.

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