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The Crossing Fee
RRP: GBP 9.95
ISBN: 978 1 847777 55 3
Categories: 21st Century, British, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 2013
70 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle)
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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
'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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