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Claire Crowther - Stretch of Closures

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Claire Crowther - Stretch of Closures

Paperback, 104pp, 8.5x5.5ins.

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Shortlisted for the 2007 Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.

The array of characters in this book of lyric poems personify twenty-first century language, found on adverts, shopfronts, train tickets. Stretch of Closures writes down an urban landscape in an alphabet made readable by its citizens. If it is the dead metaphors that define everyday lives, Claire Crowther shakes them up to show not just history but signposts to the future.

Reviews —

"This collection is quietly ambitious, not showy, but Claire Crowther is a poet whose confident, highly sensuous explorations of language and gender deserve to be read and recognized." (Jane Holland, Poetry Review)

"Reading this collection is like coming out into sunlight after spending too lon indoors; the poems have the capacity to astonish […] this is an ambitious and excellent first collection." (Cliff Yates, The North)

 

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