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An Aviary of Small Birds

Karen McCarthy Woolf

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ISBN: 978 1 906188 14 6
Categories: 21st Century, Bestsellers, Black and Asian, British, Women
Imprint: OxfordPoets
Published: October 2014
216 x 135 x 7 mm
88 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • 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. 

    Karen McCarthy Woolf was born in London to an English mother and a Jamaican father. She is the recipient of the Kate Betts Memorial Prize and an Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship from Royal Holloway, where she is a PhD candidate. She is the editor of three literary anthologies, most ... read more
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