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An Aviary of Small Birds

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Cover of An Aviary of Small Birds by Karen McCarthy Woolf
RRP: GBP£ 9.95
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ISBN: 978 1 906188 27 6
Categories: 21st Century, Black and Asian, British, Women
Imprint: OxfordPoets
Published: January 2014
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB), Paperback
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  • 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
    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. Described in The Poetry Review as ‘extraordinarily moving and ... read more
    Awards won by Karen McCarthy Woolf Commended, 2017 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. (Seasonal Disturbances ) Short-listed, 2015 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize
    (An Aviary of Small Birds)
    Short-listed, 2015 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection
    (An Aviary of Small Birds)
    'I loved Karen McCarthy Woolf's technically perfect poems of winged heartbreak'
    Maggie Gee, The Observer - The New Review, 29.11.2015. 
    '[McCarthy Woolf has] a powerful command of form and rhythm.'
    Alan Brownjohn, Poetry Review
    Praise for Karen McCarthy Woolf 'A fine antidote to Brexit delusions and certainties: London-watching and form-reshaping, unpredictable and casually intense.'
    Carol Rumens, Best Poetry Books of 2017, The Guardian


    'A masterclass in structure.'
    Magma Poetry


     'Seasonal Disturbances might be strange, but it'€™s also a brilliant selection of poems [...] It'€™s a collection that teaches you something about human beings as well as yourself.'
    The Poetry School
     'Formally ambitious...big-idea poems made up of bite-size insights and ironies that establish political anger and ecological anxiety.'
    The Sunday Times


    'I loved Karen McCarthy Woolf's technically perfect poems of winged heartbreak'
    Maggie Gee, The Observer - The New Review, 29.11.2015. 
    '[McCarthy Woolf has] a powerful command of form and rhythm.'
    Alan Brownjohn, Poetry Review
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