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A Scattering and Anniversary: Poems

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An exploration of love and loss by the renowned Costa Award–winning poet

You lived at such speed that the ballpoint script
running aslant and fading
across the faded blue
can scarcely keep up. Many words are illegible. I miss
important steps. Your movements blur. I want to follow, but can’t.

A Scattering is a book of lamentation and remembrance, its subject being Christopher
ebook, 96 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Reid's A Scattering and Anniversary hit close to home--my own spouse struggled with cancer the last two years and although she made it through, many of these poems dig into that experience in a completely believable and heart-breaking way. These are unquestionably elegiac, the shifting from the last vacation through the dying process to the adjusting and reminding the world a widower finds himself in are especially moving. Reid writes in tight-rhythmic verse but with a focus on clear ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and moving book of poems by British poet Christopher Reid about the illness and death of his wife, Lucinda Gane, from brain cancer at age 55. The book is divided into four sections: the first with poems describing a last vacation to Crete, the second dealing with Lucinda’s time in hospice and her eventual death, the third—and the one that was most moving to me—about Reid’s coming to terms with his life as a widower, and the last with poems remembering Lucinda as she was in life. All ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-2018, poetry
Astonishingly good and (almost) unbearably sad. Anyone who has loved, anyone who loves, anyone who has lost someone special – someone they miss (which is to say: everyone) – will enjoy (and by enjoy I mean weep at) this book. It is beautiful and it is profound. This book, along with recent books by Clive James, has really rekindled my interest in contemporary poetry.
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Christopher Reid, FRSL is a Hong Kong-born British poet, essayist, cartoonist, and writer. He has been nominated twice for the Whitbread Awards in 1996 and in 1997. A contemporary of Martin Amis, he was educated at Exeter College, Oxford. He is one of the exponents of Martian poetry which employs unusual metaphors to render everyday experiences and objects unfamiliar. He has worked as poetry ...more