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Singing in the Dark

Alison Brackenbury

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ISBN: 978 1 857549 14 0
Categories: 21st Century, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 2008
216 x 135 x 8 mm
96 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Alison Brackenbury's ballads for the modern world sing with a truth and directness that reach back through Edward Thomas and John Clare to the English folk-tradition itself. There are poems about birds and animals, the ancient rhythms of weather, landscape and season. The modern world is held in balance: terrorism, foreign war and domestic tension.

    At the centre of Singing in the Dark are lyrics from Alison Brackenbury's radio poems, from Edward Thomas' army songs to Nick Drake's guitar, Alison Brackenbury's book offers music for dark times.
    Alison Brackenbury was born in Lincolnshire in 1953 and studied at Oxford. She now lives in Gloucestershire, where she works, as a director and manual worker, in the family metal finishing business. Her Carcanet collections include Dreams of Power (1981), Breaking Ground (1984), Christmas Roses (1988), Selected Poems (1991), 1829 (1995), ... read more
    'Filigreed with images of light and dark throughout, it's evocative, amusing and utterly compelling.'
    Frances Lass, Radio Times
    'Glorious'
    Gillian Reynolds, Daily Telegraph
    'Enchants'
    The Times
    Praise for Alison Brackenbury '€˜Brackenbury is a poet of strong feeling, deeply involved with her subject matter. That the work is cast with such craft and needs to do so little to draw attention to itself makes it all the more pleasurable.'
    Jonathan Davidson, Poetry Review
    'Alison Brackenbury's ninth collection of poems is a humble, often humorous, celebration of the everyday and the privileges of age.' - Harriet Barker, TLS 'It is her immediate response to the natural world happenings, the seasons, family and memories, and all life's incidentals that make her poems so easy to relate to.' - D. A. Prince, The North 'Alison has a fine ear for rhythm and sound and, like all good poets, is a sharp observer of the world around us.'
    Angela France, Gloucestershire Echo
     'The delicate particularity [...] of her style chimes with that of the world. [...] One hopes that Brackenbury's kind of distinctive formal sensibility won't disappear any time soon.'
    Vidyan Ravinthiran, Poetry London
    '€˜Alison Brackenbury loves, lives, hymns and rhymes the natural world and its people like no other poet.'
    Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales
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