Farewell My Lovely

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Bloodaxe Books, 2009 - Poetry - 63 pages
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Polly Clark's haunting new collection is about leaving one's life and returning a stranger. In poems which are moving and often darkly comic, she explores the ways in which we try to hang on to what we were, and the ways in which we accept that everything we were certain of has gone forever. Farewell My Lovely is a book of transformation in many voices, from riffs on popular songs to a modern reworking of Magnificat or Mary's Song. Polly Clark's vivid and unswerving gaze is applied with the same intensity to a dream of childhood, the vulnerability of a new species of bird or the fragility of marriage, creating a powerful collection about the price of survival.

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Contents

Bay Tree
9
You Would Drop Your Spade
10
Tour of Landscapes by the Artist
11
Shoes
12
Marriage
13
Bar Harbor Maine
14
Farewell My Lovely
15
Friends
16
Magnificat
30
Beheaded
31
32
32
Special Care Unit
33
Ladies
34
Directions
35
The First Woman
36
Smile
37

Disorder
17
Yariguies Brush Finch
18
Last Night I Dreamed of England
19
Drowning
20
Kilcreggan
21
Dog Opera
22
Little Black
23
Our Baby
24
Moon
25
Trash
26
Laparoscopy
27
Bulletin
28
Return to Eden
29
Bitch
38
Islay
39
Another Girl
40
The Book of Truths
41
Baby Group
42
Last Will and Testament
43
Struck
44
Soup
46
Chairoplane
47
A Bench for
48
Sex in the City
49
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