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The Crossing Fee
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Categories: 21st Century, British, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (80 pages)
(Pub. Feb 2013)
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In The Crossing Fee Iain Bamforth re-stages the odyssey of the legendary German hero who falls into a lake in the Black Forest and emerges in the China Sea. Circulating between Europe, the Philippines and Indonesia (where Bamforth worked for five years as a health consultant), the poems sound the ‘plummet and allure’ of life on both worlds. Grounded in myth and also in close observation, The Crossing Fee records a momentous exploration of space and history: ‘For the tides are always bringing / news of something strange.’
'This collection is a joy to read, full of so much nuance, and persuasive language, a permanent wistfulness that never strays into the twee and the constant sense of travel, of movement and growth.'
Matt Macdonald, Scottish Review of Books
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