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A leaf out of his book - Penelope Shuttle

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Title
A leaf out of his book
Author
Penelope Shuttle
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Carcanet Poetry
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19991028

A Leaf out of his Book, Penelope Shuttle's new collection, is a copious volume - more than eighty poems. With a meticulous sense of line and phrasing, they explore in one way and another the processes of love in all its manifestations; and in this book they dare to be in love in time and record the changes it effects in the self and the things loved.

Of her first book of poems, The Orchard Upstairs, Eavan Boland wrote, 'the voyages of childbirth, of love, of growth widen out the lyrics and seek their arrivals in emblems and symbols that have the power of

truth.' Her voyages have become increasingly ambitious, she has discovered areas sacred and profane and found voices appropriate to each circumstance, whether humorous or joyful. There is an unusual candour in her work, a willingness to name and evoke what she really means.

One critic describes her use of language and of the short, pacing line as incremental, rich and at the same time precise, whatever her subject-matter. The erotic, maternal loves and the world in a spirit elicit unsentimental celebration. She writes at the edge, but the edge of ecstasy rather than despair.

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Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
158

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