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The Zoo Father

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Shortlisted for the 2001 T.S. Eliot Prize, this unique collection centres on a daughter's fraught relationship with her dying father, a man whose legacy to her was violence and abandonment. Rich in the imagery of the Amazonian jungle (fire ants, shaman masks, hummingbirds, shrunken heads, jaguars) these poems at once ward off and redeem the father through myriad transforma ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published April 28th 2002 by Seren
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With the upcoming summer event organised by Bath Spa University’s MA Creative Writing course, most of us creative writing lot have to read (or was advised to read) the books by authors who will teach our chosen groups. For mine, I chose a different, completely different, group as my choice. I chose poetry – I needed the change and plus, it’s always nice to appreciate poetry from time to time, when you’ve been constantly writing prose for more than half a year!

So, I’ve been reading Pascale Petit
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I devoured this book! Such amazing poems, wondrous reading. Everyone should read this book. Brilliant!

This was an Intense Read. I often struggle to read poetry; this I found very readable in terms of form and very difficult to read in terms of content. All my thoughts are swirling in my head and it is very bright and uncomfortable and hard to determine which bits I relate to ('I can't remember what you did to me, but the ants know' cut very deep). Here is the poem that I most comfortably re
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A daughters relationship with her dying father whose legacy was violence and abandonment. Her poems breath in the Amazonian jungle; mouth to mouth like redemption, inhaling in what brings me to my knees, reminds me of my own self-centeredness that need to amended daily.
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Pascale Petit’s seventh collection Mama Amazonica, published by Bloodaxe in 2017, was a Poetry Book Society Choice and is shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018. Her sixth collection, Fauverie, was her fourth to be shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. A portfolio of poems from the book won the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize. She trained at the Royal College of Art and spent the first part of h ...more
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