Hannah and the Monk

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Salt Pub., 2008 - 51 pages
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Reading Julia Bird's debut collection is like sorting out the contents of an up-ended jewellery box. Crafted formal poems tangle with the rhinestone razzle of looser, noiiser lyrics. What price consolation, the poems ask, where is the green heart of a city, when does love stop and the work start? The answers come in all sizes and styles. Images from popular culture, urban myth, religion and history, music, film and TV glow with a steady emotional truth. From spivs to flying monks, chalk horses to London boozers, Bird's imagination takes a circuitous route at a determined clip.

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Contents

Article of Faith
1
This Much is Almost Guaranteed
8
Covent Garden
14
From Cramond Beach
20
Opinion
26
Clip
32
Would Like is a Birdcage
37
Notes
51
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About the author (2008)

Julia Bird grew up in Gloucestershire and now lives in London. She studied at Reading and Sussex Universities and has worked as an arts administrator and literature promoter since graduating. She works part-time for the Poetry School, and produces touring live literature shows as a freelancer. Her first collection Hannah and the Monk was published by Salt in 2008.

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