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A to B
RRP: GBP 9.95
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ISBN: 978 1 847778 00 0
Categories: 21st Century, First Collections, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 2011
80 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), Paperback, eBook (PDF)
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Shadows creep and shrink. The air’s browned like an apple.
The forest is a city without weight, the path is a trampoline.
In the depths of oil and ore the bones of the earth spring back
under our shallow, pointing feet.
from ‘Forest Path’
A to B began as a poem about a journey: it became a journey in itself, a collection that travels through emotions and places, unfolding to the rhythms of discovery and memory. Places and people reveal their secrets; fragile bonds of love link past to present.
In the book’s first part, an elusive pattern is glimpsed in fragments: a plane climbs into a clear evening sky, the year turns to spring, a father’s voice is remembered after his death. The second part is marked by meticulous observation. A man watches daylight creep across a room. And the concluding section celebrates a quality of silence in which imagination grows.
Gerry McGrath extends our understanding of what it is to travel through the world.
No End of Exile
In No Time
A Man Unable
The Colour of Water
Shape of a Chair
Among the Blue
The Language of Pines
The Water, the Shore
A Sense of Occasion
The Middle Distance
A Milky Sunlight
A to B
Around the Edge
In Loving Memory
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