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House with the Mansard Roof

Sackett, Frances
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Valley Press
Published: April 21, 2022
ISBN: 9781912436804
80 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


In her enthralling third collection, Frances Sackett examines the hidden histories emerging from the land. We meet the Yde Girl, found abandoned in a peat bog in the Netherlands; a ghostly ship and its hidden treasures excavated near Sutton Hoo; and a sunken forest discovered off the Welsh coast. There are poems with fierce empathy for women living in war-torn countries, some in exile, some in isolation, and a sequence for a mother separated from her daughter.

Humour, and especially her wry wit – found in the most unlikely places – provides a playful contrast to her more serious, elegiac moments. Sackett’s poetry highlights her love of the landscape, the night sky, sleepy country stations, and her fellow poets.

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