Still Life with Feeding Snake

Still Life with Feeding Snake (Paperback)

By John Burnside 
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9781910702413
No. of Pages: 104
Publish Date: 2017-02-02
Binding: Paperback
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From our earliest childhood experiences, we learn to see the world as contested space: abattleground between received ideas, entrenched conventions and myriad AuthorisedVersions on the one hand, and new discoveries, terrible dangers, and everyday miracleson the other. As we grow, that world expands further, to include new species, lostcontinents, the realm of the dead and the lives of others: cosmonauts swim in distantspace, unseen creatures pass through a garden at dusk; we are surrounded by delectablemysteries.The question of this contested, liminal world sits at the centre of Still Life with FeedingSnake, whose poems live at the edge of loss, or on the cusp of epiphany, always seekingthat brief instant of grace when we see what is before us, and not just what we expectedto find. In 'Approaching Sixty', the poet watches as a woman unclasps her hair: 'so thenape of her neck/is visible, slender and pale/for moments, before the spill/of light andrusset/falls down to her waist'. This, like each poem in the book, becomes an essay in stilllife and a memento mori, illuminating transient experience with a profound clarity and acharged, sensual beauty.

About the Author

John Burnside is amongst the most acclaimed writers of his generation. His novels, shortstories, poetry and memoirs have won numerous awards, including the Geoffrey FaberMemorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire ScottishBook of the Year. In 2011 he became only the second person to win both the Forward andT. S. Eliot Prizes for poetry for the same book, Black Cat Bone. In 2015 he was a judgefor the Man Booker Prize. He is a Professor in the School of English at St AndrewsUniversity.

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Title: Still Life with Feeding Snake
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Author: John Burnside
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9781910702413
No. of Pages: 104
Publish Date: 2017-02-02
Binding: Paperback

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