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The Mermaid’s Purse

Adcock, Fleur
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Published: February 25, 2021
ISBN: 9781780375700
80 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£10.99

Fleur Adcock began writing the poems in this book when she was 82. The two chief settings are New Zealand, with its multi-coloured seas, and Britain, seen in various decades. There are foreign travels, flirtations, family memories, deaths and conversations with the dead. Katherine Mansfield, incognito, dodges an academic conference; there’s a lesson in water divining as well as a rather unusual Christmas party. We meet several varieties of small mammal, numerous birds, doomed or otherwise, and some sheep. The book ends with a sequence in memory of her friend, the poet Roy Fisher.

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