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Home Farm

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  2 ratings  ·  2 reviews
In her fourth collection, Home Farm, Janet Sutherland explores the farm where she grew up; a ninety-acre dairy farm in Wiltshire, rented by her parents, where they milked 50 cows and reared heifers on the nearby water meadows. The collection examines the farm as home from early beginnings to the farm auction at the end of their working lives. It is a poetry of landscape an ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published January 25th 2019 by Shearsman Books
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Andrew King
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have come to appreciate Janet Sutherland’s work very much over recent years, and this book fits into the pattern. I heard her read before I read her, and have now heard her enough that I hear her when I read her.

Home Farm is at face value a collection centred around the farm in Wiltshire in which Sutherland grew up. We have poems about cows and flowers, streams and snakes, snails and walls. Cows calve happily, and sometimes don’t, and boys run full tilt into slurry pits and the land aches and
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Toby Litt
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will declare an interest: Janet Sutherland was one of the other writers at Hawthornden Castle, where was a writing fellow last year. Some of these poems were written there, and read out at the end of the day on which they'd been written.

So, I am entirely unobjective - and very fond of some of these poems. But the book as a whole seems strong to me. The title encapsulates it. Janet Sutherland grew up on a farm; what she writes homes upon that. Farms are places of growth and execution. Janet cov
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Ikanto
marked it as to-read
Feb 06, 2019
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