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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

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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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