Crowther, Claire

Claire Crowther - The Clockwork Gift


Claire Crowther - The Clockwork Gift

Paperback, 84pp, 8.5x5.5ins

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The Clockwork Gift is Claire Crowther's second collection of poems and follows Stretch of Closures which was shortlisted for the Jerwood / Aldeburgh Prize for the Best First Collection of Poems in 2007.


The poems in The Clockwork Gift were written with the support of a bursary from Kingston University. They continue the lyrical and reflective voice of Stretch of Closures and examine the place of older women in contemporary culture. Claire Crowther combines a control of rhetoric with myth-making skill and these poems include striking new figures such as the yellow-furred thike and its human cousin, or the countrywoman who answers the call of Maleficence. This is also the landscape of looking back; memory is a faculty idolised in our time and shown here to be as fragile as the stuff of grandmother's dresses yet tough enough to bond complex human relationships.

"Very few poets create their own unique world. Claire Crowther does, and it's all the more rich and strange for being made of language. She's one of the most original and imaginative poets now writing." —Matthew Francis


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