Sleeping Keys

Paperback edition released 05/09/2013

by Jean Sprackland

Sleeping Keys Synopsis

In her first collection since the Costa-winning Tilt, Jean Sprackland looks back at endings and beginnings: the end of a life, or of a marriage; old homes lived in and left, new homes discovered. There are poems that speak of the paralysis and bewilderment of knowing something is over, and of the strangely significant, almost votive nature of the things that are left behind: the biscuit tin 'of old keys, decommissioned and sleeping', the empty room fading 'to a tinnitus of dust and dead wasps'. This is a book of transitions - domestic and emotional - and it explores how the experience of change is painful, disorientating, even catastrophic, but also profoundly necessary and revelatory. Change brings with it the hope that love can be recovered out of the ruins; change, in fact, is a creative, healing force that shows us we have been living among ruins - that even in the face of grief and loss there are 'spectral futures / we must stride the ditch to reach'. Full of exact, vivid, clear-eyed observation of a world of failure and flux, Sleeping Keys also illuminates a future world beyond. For every object left emptied of significance, bereft, Jean Sprackland shows us another that is charged and radiant with possibility - the possibility of miracles.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780224097697
Publication date: 5th September 2013
Author: Jean Sprackland
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 64 pages
Primary Genre Poetry by individual poets

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ISBN: 9780224097697
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About Jean Sprackland

Jean Sprackland is the author of five previous poetry collections, including Tilt, which won the 2007 Costa Poetry Award. She has also published a book of non-fiction, Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach, which won the 2012 Portico Prize. She lives in London.

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