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Missel-Child

Tookey, Helen
Format: Paperback
Publisher: CARCANET PRESS LTD
Published: January 30, 2014
ISBN: 9781847772183
71 pages

£9.95

According to the seventeenth-century herbarium The Garden of Eden, a ‘missel-child’ is a mysterious being found beneath a mistletoe-covered tree – a changeling, perhaps, ‘whereof many strange things are conceived’. Helen Tookey’s first full collection of poems starts from the missel-child to explore archaeologies of identity, place and language. She is a formally inventive writer, using collage and syllabics, exploring elegy and myth.

The poems in this book create a space in which language enables something to be said and also to be shown.

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