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The Brink

Polley, Jacob
Format: Paperback
Publisher: PAN MACMILLAN (Picador)
Published: December 5, 2003
ISBN: 9780330412889
64 pages

£9.99

Though still in his mid-twenties Jacob Polley is already in possession of a remarkably mature talent. Formally graceful, but unself-conscious, his poems come at the reader from all angles, wholly alive to the unique possibilities of their subjects – the sea, the land, the home, the very brink of things. This debut collection gives us the first opportunity to see his transforming imagination in action, where a jar of honey becomes ‘…

the sun, all flesh and no bones / but for the floating knuckle / of the honeycomb / attesting to the nature of the struggle’.

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