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Jean Bleakney’s Selected Poems is a showcase for one of the most engaging voices in contemporary poetry. These poems offer readers a distinctive Northern Irish voice with a brimming delight in language and a coherent aesthetic poise. Her poetry revolves around a core of deep feelings; love, loss and memory, reaching out to a vexed civic sphere which is anything but safe, a human world which is anything but predictable. Across three previous collections this volume brings together her nimble repertoire in a chorus of voices intense in their subtlety and sensitive in their variety of tone and theme.
Bleakney’s double love for language and plants coincides with an exacting concern for visual and linguistic accuracy. Like Elizabeth Bishop, Bleakney’s vision is so concise and her rendering of the physical world so original, she has the ability to make a poem stand on visual description alone.
Publisher: Templar Poetry
Publication Date: 5th September 2016
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