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Kay explores the qualities of love in a variety of relationships, moving from the familiar—parent, child, lover—to the extraordinary, including a sequence on Bessie Smith.
Paperback, 62 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Bloodaxe Books (first published September 1st 1993)
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Madeline
I really liked the Bessie Smith poems at the beginning of this collection, but as it progressed they got less interesting and more pseudo-confessional - almost like they wanted to shock the reader. That's not a technique I find engaging or interesting, so my attention wandered.
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Jul 04, 2008 Christopfer Haase rated it it was amazing
I saw Jackie Kay do a reading at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands back in the 90's. It changed the way I felt about poetry. I love her sense of humor and style.
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One of the best Scottish poets (though she no longer lives in Scotland). Her poems are beautiful and melancholy and sometimes also funny
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Born in Glasgow in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father, Kay was adopted by a white couple, Helen and John Kay, as a baby. Brought up in Bishopbriggs, a Glasgow suburb, she has an older adopted brother, Maxwell as well as siblings by her adoptive parents.

Kay's adoptive father worked full-time for the Communist Party and stood for election as a Member of Parliament, and her adoptive moth
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