With an introduction by Helen Dunmore
Come for a walk down the river road,For though you’re all a long time deadThe waters part to let us passThe way we’d go on summer nightsIn the times we were childrenAnd thought we were lovers. The Drowned Book is a work of memory, commemoration and loss, dominated by elegies for those the author has loved and admired. Sean O’Brien’s exquisite collection is powerfully affecting, sad and often deeply funny; but it is also a dramatically compelling book – disquieting, even – and full of warnings.
As the book unfolds, O’Brien’s verse occupies an increasingly dark, subterranean territory – where the waters are rising, threatening to overwhelm and ruin the world above. Winner of both the T. S. Eliot and Forward prizes, The Drowned Book is an extraordinary collection, a classic from one of the leading poets of our time.
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