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Fossil Unicorn

Sally Purcell

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ISBN: 978 0 856462 82 5
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: October 1997
215 x 139 x 7 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Fossil Unicorn is Sally Purcell’s first collection for more than ten years and contains the very best of her work from that period. Drawing on folklore and mediaeval sources, these poems are tense yet fluid in rhythm and diction, and alive with a sense of the numinous underlying the world of the senses. Critics of her first collection, The Holly Queen, spoke of ‘the ghostly music’ and ‘diamantine elegance’ of her poetry. These qualities have remained constant in her later work, in which she continues to explore the mysteries of the quest through legend and myth.

    Sally Purcell was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in 1944. She studied Mediaeval and Modern French at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and continued to live and work in Oxford (as typist, barmaid, researcher and, above all, writer) until her death in 1998. A specialist in mediaeval literature, she edited selections of George ... read more
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