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Janet Sutherland - Bone Monkey


Janet Sutherland - Bone Monkey

Published 2014. Paperback, 76pp, 8.5x5.5ins
ISBN 978-1-84861-347-8 [Download a PDF sampler from this book here.]
This new collection from Janet Sutherland explores the deeply mischievous, but darkly malevolent figure of Bone Monkey. A trickster who has always existed, he's one of the old gods who sprang to life fully formed. Sitting on the shoulders of men and women through the ages, he is by turns perpetrator and poet, murderer and lover, gardener and carer.

      With sonnets, ballads and lyrical free verse Bone Monkey wanders through a series of shamanic creation myths into reveries on memory, love and loss. If he is brutal and amoral at times, he is also a dreamer rejoicing in those longings to eat the whole world, as Robert Bly has it, which are intrinsically human.

"Bone Monkey is completely wonderful. I was bowled over. The trickster monkey is a brilliant and compelling creation. This is a book by a poet in full command of her psychic material, a poet with confidence and pride in her language. The artist is at once a conduit and an enabler. 'Confidence of the tree in the fruit', as Edmond Jabès wrote." —Anthony Rudolf

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