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They Talk about Death by Alessandra Bava
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it was amazing

Poetry about death is nothing new, but this is a volume that soars on its wings. Bava engages the past -- Rimbaud, Sexton, Miller, Plath -- but also dances with a very lively muse, Patti Smith. Although tinged with the blackness of "the apocalypse of words" the buoyancy of hope is what raises the reader well above despair. Salomé may turn John's severed head into lamp, but only for her own creative spark. Despite the talk about death and the genuine (not romanticised) sorrow, there is abundant hope that like 'Madame Bowery'

your spirit soars as a pearl gray crow.

Added to the brilliance of the words, this hand-worked edition has a sublime cover by Erin Wells. All poetry should come so beautifully packaged.
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