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bird of winter

Hiller, Alice
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Published: April 1, 2021
ISBN: 9781800348691
86 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£9.99

PBS Special Commendation Summer 2021

Alice Hiller’s debut performs an act of witness and restitution. Working with her childhood and adolescent medical notes, bird of winter creates a redemptive language to speak the darkness of being sexually abused by a family member. Through the excavated histories of Pompeii and Herculaneum, these poems additionally document the grooming that prepares a child for sexual abuse, and the vulnerability which remains afterwards.

Calling up the landscapes and relationships which sustained her, as well as the injury she experienced, Hiller reflects the nature and impact of a crime to which millions around the world are subjected – and asks how we may find our ways towards healing.

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