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Andy Brown - Watersong

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Andy Brown - Watersong

Published 2015. Chapbook, 8.5 x 5.5ins, 32pp, £6.59 / $9.95

Watersong begins with the first of the great cholera epidemics of 19th Century England. Focussing on the poet’s home city of Exeter, the poems interlace select details from Exeter’s 1832 cholera outbreak, in which over 400 people died, with imagined narratives of the epidemic, and other related episodes in the city, factual and invented. The main source of details for the 1832 Exeter cholera outbreak remains Dr Thomas Shapter’s book The Cholera in Exeter (1849), to which these poems owe a debt.

     A number of additional poems deal with contemporary issues of sanitation and water. Globally, some 2,000 children under five still die every day from diarrhoeal diseases. Of these, 1,800 deaths are linked to water, sanitation and hygiene.

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