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At the Window

Heather Buck

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ISBN: 978 0 856460 71 5
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: December 0000
220 x 140 x 4 mm
56 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • At the Window is Heather Buck’s first full-length collection of poems, many of which have appeared in magazines over the past ten years. A clear personal voice speaks from these poems, which recount an inward journey through pain, loss, fear and the shadow of age towards rebirth and a quickening of love and spirit. With strong simplicity of style and language, the poet charts threatening areas of insecurity – in nature, the collective past, the unconscious and in relationships. The longing for security, however, is seen as illusory: ‘I see that nothing tethers,’ she writes: ‘Only a certain twist in the mind / Clings to a false dimension.’ From the acceptance of the inevitability of disorder and instability springs the discovery of a deeper security, a knowledge which has its roots in myth and legend. The closing Biblical sequence of poems about Tobias is a remarkable synthesis of prayer and affirmation, sensuous in its evocation of the loving and the loved.

    Heather Buck was born in Kent in 1926. She started to write in 1966 as a result of Jungian analysis and published four collections of poems. She lived in Lavenham, Suffolk and died in 2004. ... read more
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