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A Normal Skin (Cape Poetry)

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From memories of childhood and personal loss to the quiet celebration of a lover's navigational skills, from meditations on nature and sexuality to the fantasy world of aquarium fish, the poems in A NORMAL SKIN cover a wide range: lyrical in tone, and highly visual, they express once again the poet's sense of wonder at the world, while exploring some new preoccupations, in ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 26th 1997 by Jonathan Cape (first published May 15th 1997)
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I read this poetry collection in one go. It called at me, with its beautiful and bright yellow cover and I am so happy to have picked it up. It is my first encounter with John Burnside's work and it has made me want to read more.
With images of domestic life, seaside towns, roadkills, garden flowers and themes like loneliness, grief, renewal and love, it had everything to make me like it. There is something eerie about some of these poems, and a true sense of melancholy.

It spoke to me a lot.
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John Burnside is the author of nine collections of poetry and five works of fiction. Burnside has achieved wide critical acclaim, winning the Whitbread Poetry Award in 2000 for The Asylum Dance which was also shortlisted for the Forward and T. S. Eliot prizes. Born in Scotland, he moved away in 1965, returning to settle there in 1995. In the intervening period he worked as a factory hand, a labour ...more
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