Publication Date: 27/07/2017 ISBN: 9781784104788 Category:

In These Days of Prohibition

Caroline Bird

Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publication Date: 27/07/2017 ISBN: 9781784104788 Category:
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Shortlisted for the 2017 Ted Hughes Award. Shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize. In These Days of Prohibition is Caroline Bird’s fifth Carcanet collection. As always, she is a poet of dark hilarity and telling social comment. Shifting between poetic and vulgar registers, the surreal imagery of her early work is re-deployed to venture into the badlands of the human psyche. Her poems hold their subjects in an unflinching grip, addressing faces behind the veneer, asking what it is that keeps us alive. These days of prohibition are days of intoxication and inebriation, rehab in a desert and adultery for atheists, until finally Bird edges us out of danger, `revving on a wish’.

Publisher Review

'Her poems burst with linguistic energy.' - Times Literary Supplement; 'What an original captivating and spellbinding voice. Bird is fearless. She's dangerous and witty too with a rare quality of imagination.' - Lemn Sissay; 'Bird is irrepressible; she simply explodes with poetry. The work erupts, spring-loaded, funny, sad, deadly - you don't know if a bullet will come out of the barrel or a flag with the word BANG on it.' - Simon Armitage

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