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The Crossing Fee

Iain Bamforth

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ISBN: 978 1 847777 55 3
Categories: 21st Century, British, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 2013
70 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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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.’

    [Bamforth’s] work is rich in perceptual acquaintance,making it not only intelligent but also extremely sensual. To read him makes the patterns of our minds richer…
    David Morley, Guardian
    Iain Bamforth grew up in Glasgow and graduated from its medical school. He has pursued a peripatetic career as a hospital doctor, general practitioner, translator, lecturer in comparative literature, and latterly public health consultant in several developing countries, principally in Asia. His four books of poetry were joined by a fifth, ... read more
    '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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