New Wings: Poems, 1977-2007

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Bloodaxe Books, 2007 - Poetry - 96 pages
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The poems in New Wings focus on many different kinds of beginnings. Drawn both from new poems as well as from two earlier collections, the book gives a fresh airing to the poetry of a talented writer whose work has been unavailable for many years. The 'new wings' in this wide-ranging selection can be the pages of a comic in a child's eureka moment of learning to read or those of a woman transforming herself into flames to leap across the hemispheres like a forest fire. These are poems of living through and coming to terms with changes - sometimes momentous or traumatic - and moving on into the future. In them, the reader travels from Scotland to Stockholm, the Californian desert, New York, rural Pennsylvania, Venice, Constanta, the Blue Mountains, Sydney and Tyneside. 'Compelling and accomplished...a poet of unusual talent' - Bernard O'Donoghue, The Times Literary Supplement

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About the author (2007)

Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was a prolific play, novel and poetry writer of the English Restoration and was one of the first female English professional writers. Her plays include "The Forced Marriage", "The Amorous Prince, The Dutch Lover, Abdelazer, The Town Fop, The Rover, Sir Patient Fancy, The Feigned" "Courtesans, The Young King, The False Count, The Roundheads, The City Heiress, Like Father, Like Son, The Lucky Chance, " and "The Emperor of the Moon.

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