In a Valley of this Restless Mind

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Enitharmon, 1997 - Poetry - 77 pages
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In this collection, her second, Hilary Davies demonstrates again the ferocity of imagination that characterised her first, The Shanghai Owner of the Bonsai Shop (1991). Her interrogations of faith and friendship bring to life, in a language strikingly rooted in the physical world, spiritual concerns that span centuries. There is a moral seriousness in these poems which confronts doubt and fear, and survival itself, asserting at all times an unsentimental belief in the redemptive power of the human capacity to love. This is particularly so in the two main sequences, which recreate the lives of the cave dwellers in prehistoric France, and the doomed love affair of Abelard and Héloise.

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Hilary Davies was born in London of Anglo-Welsh parents. A Hawthornden fellow, Hilary Davies won the prestigious Eric Gregory Award for Young Poets and the Cheltenham/TLS poetry competition, and co-edited the poetry magazine ARGO for ten years. She taught French and German for many years at secondary school, and has worked as a tutor in creative writing, lecturer in English linguistics and TEFL teacher. She is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at King's College, London 2012-14.

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