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An Aviary of Small Birds
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ISBN: 978 1 906188 14 6
Categories: 21st Century, Bestsellers, Black and Asian, British, Women
Published: October 2014
216 x 135 x 7 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
Shortlisted for the 2015 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection
Shortlisted for 2015 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize
An Aviary of Small Birds is both elegy to a stillborn son and testament to the redemptive qualities of poetry as a transformative art. Here, birth paradoxically becomes the moment of death when, after long labour, the baby's heart gives out. However, just a grief is not linear, so too the book follows an emotional rather than a chronological arc. Ultimately, it is a closely felt connection with nature that allows the author to transcend the experience and honour the spirit of her son.
[McCarthy Woolf has] a powerful command of form and rhythm. Alan Brownjohn, Poetry Review
'I loved Karen McCarthy Woolf's technically perfect poems of winged heartbreak' - Maggie Gee, The Observer - The New Review, 29.11.2015.
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