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Among the poems that open Night, David Harsent's follow-up to his Forward Prize-winning collection Legion, is a startling sequence about a garden - but a garden unlike any other. It sets the tone for a book in which the sureties of daylight become uncertain: dark, unsettling narratives about what wakes in us when we escape our day-lit selves to visit a place where the dream-like and the nightmarish are never far apart. The book culminates in the seductive and brilliantly sustained 'Elsewhere', a noirish, labyrinthine quest-poem in which the protagonist is drawn ever onward through a series of encounters and reflections like an after-hours Orpheus, hard-bitten and harried by memory.Moppet Consider the rip for a mouth, the rip in the crotch, the hank of hair, consider the flair for ill-fortune, the empty stare, ... the liking for blind bets, for truth or dare; consider the threadbare get up, the make-up beyond repair, the tin-tack teeth, anbsp;...

Author:David Harsent
Publisher:Faber & Faber - 2011-01-20


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