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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.
Juliet Wilson
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
One of the best Scottish poets (though she no longer lives in Scotland). Her poems are beautiful and melancholy and sometimes also funny
Christopfer Haase
Jul 04, 2008 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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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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