By (author) Jean Sprackland
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Tilt by Jean Sprackland
Book DescriptionJean Sprackland's third collection describes a world in free-fall. Chaos and calamity are at our shoulder, in the shape of fire and flood, ice-storm and hurricane; trains stand still, zoos are abandoned, migrating birds lose their way - all surfaces are unreliable, all territories unmapped. These are poems that explore the ambivalence and dark unease of slippage and collapse, but they also carry a powerful sense of the miraculous made manifest amongst the ordinary: the mating of natterjack toads, ice on the beach ('dream stuff, with its own internal acoustic') or 'the fund of life' in a used contraceptive. Bracken may run wild across the planet 'waiting for the moment/to pounce on the accident/of the discarded match' but there are also the significant wonders of children and the natural beauty of the world they've inherited. Tilt is a collection of raw, distressed and beautiful poems, a hymn to the remarkable survival of things in the face of threat - for every degradation an epiphany, for every drowning a birth.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780224080866
(198mm x 129mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 4-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author 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, 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.
Hard Water, Paperback (August 2003)» View all books by Jean Sprackland
In this second collection of her poetry, Jean Sprackland shows us the vertigo and vulnerability of human experience with clarity. Her poems are awash with water: a flooded forest, acid rain, an inland tidal wave, jelly fish washed up on the beach that "lay like saints/unharvested, luminous".
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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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