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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446412787
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 64

Tilt




A Costa Award-winning collection of poetry - dazzling and devastatingly acute

Jean Sprackland's third collection describes a world in free-fall. Chaos and calamity are at our shoulder, in the shape of fire and flood, ice-storm and hurricane; trains stand still, zoos are abandoned, migrating birds lose their way - all surfaces are unreliable, all territories unmapped.

These are poems that explore the ambivalence and dark unease of slippage and collapse, but they also carry a powerful sense of the miraculous made manifest amongst the ordinary: the mating of natterjack toads, ice on the beach ('dream stuff, with its own internal acoustic') or 'the fund of life' in a used contraceptive. Bracken may run wild across the planet 'waiting for the moment/to pounce on the accident/of the discarded match' but there are also the significant wonders of children and the natural beauty of the world they've inherited. Tilt is a collection of raw, distressed and beautiful poems, a hymn to the remarkable survival of things in the face of threat - for every degradation an epiphany, for every drowning a birth.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446412787
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 64

About the Author

Jean Sprackland

Jean Sprackland is the author of four previous poetry collections, including Tilt, which won the 2007 Costa Poetry Award. She has also published a book of non-fiction, Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach, which won the 2012 Portico Prize. She lives in London.

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Praise for Tilt

“When Sprackland opens her poems up in this way...her lyric energies are uncompromised and resolutely shine”

Deryn Rees-Jones, Guardian


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