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Description - Hard Water by Jean Sprackland

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 - awash with 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. In the title poem, Sprackland sets out her store- 'I tried the soft stuff on holiday in Wales, a mania of teadrinking and hairwashing, excitable soap which never rinsed away, but I loved coming home to this. Flat. Straight. Like the vowels, Like the straight talk- hey up me duck - the blunt taste of don't get mardy, of too bloody deep for me, fierce lov

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224069595
ISBN-10: 0224069594
Format: Paperback
Pages: 64
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 28-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jean Sprackland

Jean Sprackland's first collection of poetry, Tattoos for Mothers Day was shortlisted for the Forward First Book Award in 1999. Her second collection, Hard Water, was published by Cape in 2003 and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and the Whitbread Poetry Award. In 2004 Jean Sprackland was named by the Poetry Book Society as one of the 'Next Generation' poets. She lives in Southport.

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